January 20, 2020

Last year was hectic, but hold on to your hats as 2020 gathers political steam

By: Dr Paul Kariuki   The year 2019 was eventful, filled with significant moments of both hope and anxiety. Hardly a day went by without an […]
December 4, 2019

Everyone is responsible for creating ethical leadership

By: Dr Paul Kariuki Leaders in the public and private sector, as well as in many other institutions, have influence by virtue of their greater authority […]
November 29, 2019

Local Governance Conference Unpacks the Ethical Dilemma in the Public Sector

By: Lungile Ngubelanga Professor Purshottama Reddy of the School of Management, IT and Governance in collaboration with the Democracy Development Programme (DDP) and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung […]
November 19, 2019

“Food for Thought”: Corruption and tech

In partnership with Corruption Watch, we will be hosting our final breakfast session for the year on how technology can mitigate corruption in South Africa Melissa Tsungai […]
November 4, 2019

Flailing coalitions are failing democracy in SA

By: Dr Paul Kariuki The Democratic Alliance’s recent leadership difficulties are raising questions about the efficacy of coalitions in South Africa. The varying ideological positions of […]
October 31, 2019

Sexual violence in the name of tradition and culture

By Thobeka Khubisa   “Abuse taints traditional healing” – that is how the title of the article on page 17 of the Mail & Guardian 27 […]
October 2, 2019

END THE FEMICIDE

By: Thobeka Khubisa On 13th September 2019, I was a participant in a march; I marched in support of an unfortunate cause – against femicide and […]
September 6, 2019

Law and order essential to democracy

By: Dr Paul Kariuki. DEMOCRACY It has been a traumatic time in South Africa. In just one week, the nation has been exposed to extreme levels […]
September 3, 2019

“OTHERING” IS STILL ALIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA AFTER 25 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY

By: Thobeka Khubisa  It’s August, “Womxn’s Month”, and just like every other August this is the month when it is suddenly necessary to host seminars, workshops […]
August 19, 2019

Community media requires independence and sustainability to thrive

By: Sthabiso Mdledle Community media remains one of the forces that is entrusted with the task of keeping communities intact and engaged on many different aspects […]
August 5, 2019

Citizens and civil society must fight to protect our democracy

By: Dr Paul Kariuki For 25 years, South Africa’s maturing democracy has experienced its fair share of twists and turns. On what would have been Nelson […]
July 17, 2019

Urgent measures needed to address the poor state of municipalities

By: Dr Paul Kariuki     The recent auditor general’s 2017-2018 report on the state of municipalities in South Africa is shocking. The extent of poor […]
June 10, 2019

YOUTH ARE AGENTS OF CHANGE IN OUR DEMOCRACY

By Dr Paul Kariuki: Young people are an integral part of our democracy. They are a demographic that is mobilising across society, demanding an opportunity to contribute […]
June 10, 2019

NOW THAT CITIZENS HAVE VOTED, WHAT NEXT? A CIVIL SOCIETY PERSPECTIVE

By Dr. Paul Kariuki: The 2019 National and Provincial elections have come and gone. Citizens all over the country came out in their numbers and expressed […]
June 10, 2019

PUSH TOWARDS LIVING THE SOUTH AFRICAN DREAM

By Dr Paul Kariuki: South Africa is at a crossroads as the nation prepares for the elections on May 8. The elections find the nation, firstly, […]
June 6, 2019

ALL RIGHTS SHOULD BE FOR ALL OUR PEOPLE

By: Dr Paul Kariuki: South Africa has come a long way since 1994 as far as civil liberties are concerned. Our Constitution is hailed as the […]
June 6, 2019

BUDGET 2019: CITIZENS & CIVIL SOCIETY CAN’T AFFORD TO RELAX

By Dr Paul Kariuki: Most people said the budget address by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni was doom and gloom, as it confirmed the worsening state of […]
June 6, 2019

CIVIL SOCIETY WELCOMES THE SIGNING OF POLITICAL PARTY FUNDING BILL

By Dr Paul Kariuki (DDP Executive Director): CITIZEN PRESSURE CAN END CORRUPTION The last 12 months have been anxiety-causing months for African countries. We have seen […]
June 6, 2019

CIVIL SOCIETY IN 2019 – THE YEAR OF REDEMPTION & RENEWAL

By Dr Paul Kariuki (DDP Executive Director): In 2018, civil society observed a rise in civic activism, a spirited effort by ordinary citizens that challenged the […]
June 6, 2019

MESSAGE FROM THE DDP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dr Paul Kariuki A message of great wishes to all our partners for the new year… from the Executive Director as well as the DDP Team. […]