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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. 



  • 22 November 2014 - Judge Navi Pillay's address on Human Rights

Judge Navi Pillay United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights' address on Human Rights: A challenge to South Africa's democracy.

An event co-hosted by the Democracy Development Program (DDP), the Woman's Network and supported by the Playhouse Company.


Tags: Jugde Navi Pillay, UN, Playhouse 


  • 25 November 2014 - Parliament as a contested dialogue space in South Africa!

Join us for a citizen conversations about the manner in which the elected party representatives should engage on matters of national interest in Parliament.


Tags: Parliament, dialogue, chaos, democracy 




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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.