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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 

20-21 October 2014, Durban, 9th Annual Local Government Conference


DEMOCRACY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (DDP), with input from Prof PS Reddy as Programme Coordinator from UKZN, will be hosting our 9th Annual Local Government Conference in Durban.

Focus areas of the Conference are:
The Conference will address six key sub-themes that are critical to ensuring the success and sustainability of the local government system in the third decade of democracy in South Africa:
• Review of the African and South African Experience in local governance;
• Politics and management interface at the local level;
• National and provincial and local planning and cooperative governance;
• LED: Informal Economy Youth and Infrastructure Development, and the role of SMMEs and cooperatives;
• Monitoring and evaluation in Local Government
• Ethics, integrity and corruption in Local Government.

This Conference will interrogate each of these issues, highlighting key challenges and proposing possible recommendations in the broader context of innovation, best practices and good local governance, as well as improved service delivery, which local communities have been campaigning for over the past few years.

The some of the speakers include: Dr Ajiv Maharaj, S Zikode, S Greyling, G Benjamin, Dr S Hardman, Dr I G Govender, Prof M Wallis, Dr J Govender, Prof C , Prof P Pillay, Prof D R Thakhathi, Mr F Books, J Hicks, L Tredoux, S Motala, R Pithouse, Ms Nirmala Govender, Prof G Devenish, Dr M Sutcliffe to mention a few.

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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_tweets on Twitter.