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The 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.


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The Democracy Development Programme welcomes the findings by the office of the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on President Zuma’s Inkandla extension and renovations. As a civil society organization, our confidence in the Chapter nine institutions, such as the office of the Public Protector, has been enhanced. We are optimistic that even those cases that are currently before the office will receive urgent attention.

As the civil society, we respect and honor the findings. In our view, in the interest of deepening democracy in our nation and upholding the values of our constitution, all those implicated in the report, irrespective of their office in the land, should have their day in court to answer the many questions lingering in the minds of South Africans. This is what we call ethical and moral behavior.
As the civil society sector, we have a moral obligation to be at the forefront of exposing poor governance, corruption and any unethical behavior that compromises our nation’s democracy. Further, we also have a moral duty to defend our constitution and Chapter 9 institutions, before they become the political scoring instruments for political expediency and electioneering. There are thoughtful lessons that we as civil society organizations and the public at large should learn from this unfortunate unfolding of events that has tarnished the image of our country, compromised service delivery and undermined our democracy. A stern reminder from this report that “POLITICS WAS TOO SERIOUS A MATTER TO BE LEFT TO POLITICIANS ALONE.”

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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.


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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.