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The Democracy Development Program NPC (DDP) was initiated in 1993 as a partner project of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation of Germany. For the last 20 years it has been a non-partisan, non-profit organisation, supporting capacity building on governance and civil society levels to ensure that both are empowered for meaningful participation in South Africa’s social transformation.


Since it's inception, DDP has been committed to the promotion of the following principles:

  • sustainable democracy and good governance

  • political awareness and citizen participation 

  • tolerance and a culture of human rights

  • decentralised and pluralist government. 


We achieve this by:

  • creating platforms for civil society engagement with all spheres of government 

  • raising awareness of constititional rights and obligations 

  • empowering the youth 

  • monitoring, analysing and responding to governmental policies and legislations. 


News Release 

New DDP Programmes:

DDP Youth Ambassadors programme

The Youth Ambassador programme was created to enhance leadership amongst the youth.

The introduction workshop of this programme took place from 14 until 18 July at Eco Park in the Bluff, Durban. There 36 children, of equal sex numbers, all grade 10 learners from three different schools, namely Mzuvele, Sibambanezulu and Greenbury, will participate in this programme.

The project aims to enhance the leadership of socially-conscious young South Africans who want to make a difference in their communities:

  •  To inculcate a culture of integrity and sound moral code
  • To stimulate leadership and community development
  •  Change the odds for high-potential youth from risk-filled environments by inspiring them to pursue personal success
  • Preparing the youth for leadership roles in higher education institutions, the workplace and within their communities
  • Providing mentorship for the youth in schools and in communities
  • Train and equip school student leaders to maximise their potential
  • To build social capital for sustainable community development 

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Tata Mandela - your vision, your warmth and your commitment have inspired every citizen of this country.  You are mourned as a lost parent.  Your life remains the symbol of what can be done when dedicated people work together for change.

We at DDP commit to working towards your vision of a united South Africa.

In Mandela’s sprite we at DDP would like to honour him and keep his legacy of understanding alive by wanting you to be part of our Mandela Conversations. More so, we want YOU to lead the change through powerful conversations and became a Mandela Conversation host with DDP. For more information please email us at



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Citizen Mobilization

What motivates citizens to get involved?

Start by reading these fascinating papers from the Development Research Centre:

Look at our Knowledge Portal on Citizen Mobilization, which includes papers and presentations from the DDP/ACCEDE conference, 28-30 October 2013.

The Practice in Participation forum is an excellent place to learn more and to discuss your experiences and questions with like-minded practitioners from all over the world.

Let's talk about your big questions and your experiences of mobilizing citizens  -  follow @DDP_1993 on Twitter.