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.


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


  • 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
August 3, 2020

Virtual Youth Panel Discussion

DDP hosted a Virtual Youth Panel Discussion on Collaborative Youth Leadership and Activism: In the Fight Against Gender-Based-Violence in Society. This engagement was hosted on the […]
June 18, 2020

Youth month online dialogue

Dealing with social and inter-generational issues “The struggles of the youth of 1976 compared to the youth of 2020” The Democracy Development Program in partnership with […]
May 28, 2020

Youth and Africa Day Online Dialogue

Dialogue theme: The role of the youth in creating common African unity and identity politically, economically and socially (Agenda 2063) Africa Day is intended to celebrate […]
May 5, 2020


On the 30th of April 2020 Africa Unite in partnership with Lindelani Youth Forum and Democracy Development Program had an online dialogue in commemoration of the […]
April 9, 2020

2020 Theme: Building partnerships towards an informed and active citizenry

By: Sphamandla Mhlongo As an organization, we still believe that part of our values is the concept of collaboration – as we think that the work […]
March 18, 2020

Civic Education Dialogue

The Democracy Development Program hosted it’s second Civic Education Dialogue in Northern KZN. This dialogue was hosted on the 17th of March 2020 in KwaSkhemelele, in […]
March 16, 2020

2nd Student Dialogue in partnership with PACSA in PMB.

The Democracy Development Program in partnership with PACSA and DUT Student Union organized a Student Dialogue on the 13th March 2020 and the dialogue was held […]
March 16, 2020

Sudent Dialogue- Durban CBD

The Democracy Development Program organized a Student Dialogue on the 14th March 2020 and the dialogue was held at the Poynton House (Mangosuthu University of Technology […]
March 13, 2020

DDP Forum to Debate Funding

The Democracy Development Program in Partnership with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) hosted a Public Forum […]
March 11, 2020

Civic Education Dialogue

Our first in our series of Civic Education to be facilitated by Mr. Shakespear Baleni for the year. This dialogue was hosted in Clermont Library situated […]
March 4, 2020

DDP Dialogue Program: Re-imagining youth participation as an informed electorate

The Democracy Development Program has created the Students’ dialogues program as a platform for meaningful engagement among students. It is a space that can be initiated […]
February 28, 2020

Local Government Dialogue: “Count us in on better services”

The Democracy Development Program convened a local government dialogue themed: Count us in on service delivery, the dialogue was held on the 27th of February 2019, […]
February 21, 2020

Discussing Political Developments and unpacking #SONA 2020

By: Sthabiso Mdledle The Democracy Development Program hosted a post SONA forum at Elangeni Hotel in Durban on 20 February 2020. This comes after President Cyril […]
February 10, 2020

Unpacking the State of Education in the KZN Province

By: Sthabiso Mdledle As South Africa embarks on a new school year, it is an opportune moment to engage communities, civil society as well as citizens […]
November 22, 2019


By: Sanelisiwe Mabaso The Democracy Development Programme (DDP) in collaboration with the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), hosted a two- […]
November 8, 2019

DDP Public Forum- Engaging Civil Society and Citizens on the Economic Policy Document Released by Treasury

DDP Convened a public forum to gauge citizens thoughts on the Mid-term budget speech presented by Finance Minister, as well as to gauge insights on the […]
September 18, 2019


By Lizeka Maduna Following a spade of violent clashes between African migrants and locals in the past few weeks, which has seen people chaos emerge in […]
September 3, 2019


Afesis-corplan in partnership with Democracy Development Program (DDP) and the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Social Action (PACSA) hosted a civil society roundtable in Pietermaritzburg on the 28-29 […]
August 21, 2019

Community Media Needs to Strengthen Its Relationship with Civil Society and Communities

The Democracy Development Programme held an Inaugural Media Summit aimed at enhancing and strengthening existing relationship between community media, civil society and communities; through long term […]
August 20, 2019


By: Mbalenhle Mkhize   Women in South Africa are slowly breaking the gender stereotypes and changing the narrative of what women stand for and who they […]