Citizen Engagement Program

About this program

Purpose: To accompany citizens and communities to achieve their full human potential through creating, facilitating and fostering spaces for critical dialogue and change.

Why?

To activate, educate and mobilise citizens in order to become active co-participants in the creation and accomplishment of their own development agenda.

How?

  • Hosting public dialogues around critical issues of governance, accountability, social and economic justice, and nation building
  • Empowering and accompanying communities through capacity building workshops to support, capacitate and mentor those we work with
  • Producing educational materials that can be distributed to communities to inform and educate them about critical issues of active citizenship
  • Building partnerships with community radio stations in order to increase the reach of our educational programmes to remote and marginalised areas
May 14, 2019

FOLWENI COMMUNITY DIALOGUE – HUMAN RIGHTS MONTH

The Folweni community Dialogue took place at the Folweni Community Resources Centre (FCRC) on 20 March 2017. This dialogue focused on the various issues that affected […]
May 14, 2019

ASONET & DDP WOMEN’S DIALOGUE ON ACCESS TO SOCIAL SERVICES

By Stabiso Mdledle – The DDP (Democracy Development Program) and ASONET (African Solidarity Network) in partnership with other women organisations held a women’s dialogue at the […]
May 14, 2019

UNPACKING RADICAL ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION FOR CIVIL SOCIETY

By Sthabiso Mdledle – The Democracy Development Program in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Economic Council hosted a forum on South Africa’s contentious topic: Radical Economic Transformation […]
May 14, 2019

DDP ACTS ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & CHILDREN

By: Sthabiso Mdledle –“On average, one in five South African women older than 18 has experienced physical violence, but the picture of gender-based attacks varies according […]
May 14, 2019

LIVING & WORKING PEACEFULLY TOGETHER

By Nosipho Luthuli – The Democracy Development Program in partnership with the Africa Solidarity Network (ASONET), Urban Future Centre and the Department of Arts and Culture […]
May 14, 2019

POLITICAL FORUM WITH AUBREY MATSHIQI

The Democracy Development Program held its last political forum for the year at the Diakonia Centre on 06 December. The forum was facilitated by renowned political […]
May 14, 2019

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

What a start to the year! and a victory for the voice of citizens who made their voices heard in every corner of the country, across […]
May 14, 2019

RE-IGNITING THE KZN DEMOCRACY & ELECTION FORUM

Democracy Development Program in partnership with the KZN Christian Council convened a meeting with civil society and religious leaders who have an interest in participating in […]
May 14, 2019

MATSHIQI UNPACKS THE THUMAMINA CHALLENGE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY IN KZN

By: Sthabiso Mdledle –#SENDME WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZENS AND THE CIVIL SOCIETY – FORUM BY DDP AND DIAKONIA “The best part of […]
May 14, 2019

DDP LAND QUESTION FORUM

By: Sthabiso Mdledle –Unpacking the agenda of land for civil society in post-apartheid South Africa. The Democracy Development Program (DDP) hosted a citizen forum at Diakonia […]
May 14, 2019

DDP AND DIAKONIA FORUM

By: Sthabiso Mdledle – Citizen’s conversation on the chilling phenomenon of Femicide. Democracy Development Program in partnership with Diakonia Council of Churches hosted a very engaging […]
May 14, 2019

DDP – PARTY COALITIONS DIALOGUE

Experiences, Insights and Possibilities from Africa and Europe Democracy Development Program held a convention where a panel of eminent international speakers spoke about their experiences of […]
May 14, 2019

BREAKING THE FETTERS

“The historic meeting in Dakar Senegal that paved way for a negotiated settlement and democracy in South Africa”. The 1987 film Breaking the Fetters was screened […]
May 14, 2019

DDP PUBLIC FORUM ON SOE’S AND STATE CAPTURE

Unpacking the narrative of State Owned Enterprises for the civil society. Economist and PhD candidate at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) Ayanda Meyiwa unpacked the […]
May 14, 2019

SOCIAL COHESION CONFERENCE 2018

By: Lizeka Maduna – In a society where divisions are rife and people have no idea of what social cohesion entails, Democracy Development Program together with […]
May 14, 2019

CITIZEN ACTIVISM & POLITICAL ACCOUNTABILITY

How citizens have continued to mobilise themselves in holding political leaders accountable. Democracy Development Program (DDP) hosted a Public Forum to unpack the issue of Citizen […]
May 14, 2019

DDP AND UKZN LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONFERENCE 2018

The case of Sub national Government and Vision 2030 Democracy Development Program (DDP) in partnership with the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) hosted the 8th Annual Local […]
May 14, 2019

DDP PUBLIC FORUM: UNPACKING THE 2019 STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS FOR CIVIL SOCIETY

What is the 4th Industrial Revolution? Renowned political analyst and research fellow at the Helen Suzman Foundation, Aubrey Matshiqi led a public discussion with civil society […]
May 14, 2019

DDP MULTIPARTY DIALOGUE

The Democracy Development Program (DDP) has since its inception in 1993, been committed to the principles of Constitutional Democracy and building of a Human Rights Culture […]
May 14, 2019

LINDELANI YOUTH EMPOWERMENT INDABA

The Lindelani Youth Forum recognises that in their community the number of young people at Lindelani/ Richmond farm are leaving under unforeseen circumstances, these circumstances are […]