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Democracy Development Programme 8th Annual National Conference
Start Date: Oct 28, 2013
End Date: Oct 30, 2013
Venue: Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel in Durban
Description: The Democracy Development Programme (DDP) and African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (ACCEDE) extends an invitation to you to attend our 8th Annual National Conference. The theme of the conference is:
'The Politics of Public Participation: Towards Deepening Our Knowledge and Understanding of Citizen Mobilisation- a South African Perspective'

There has been no other time in the history of this country when an informed conversation like this has been as much needed. By bringing into the room a mix of academics, civil society organisations, municipalities and citizen groups the conference will ambitiously attempt to fill the knowledge gap of how citizen mobilisation and public participation policies have played out since 1994 and the lessons that can be learned.

The conference will be attended by approximately 150 participants from civil society, academia and government and will be addressed by eminent experts in this field. We will be bringing in local experts in citizen mobilisation as well as international presenters to augment the discussions.

The Objectives of the conference are:
• To build on the knowledge based framework initiated by the DRC through which present citizen mobilisation initiatives can be better understood and acted upon;
• To learn from actual case studies in South Africa about successful citizen mobilisation initiatives in order to increase our understanding and knowledge about this phenomena( both from Government and civil society);
• To examine the "democratic potential of a diversity of citizen engagements and the response of the State to it;
• To examine the existing framework for public participation in South Africa and talk about both challenges and possibilities for both the State and Citizens.
About the hosts

DDP has a long record of citizen engagement at all levels (www.ddp.org.za).

The Democracy Development Programme was initiated in 1993 in order to promote and consolidate democratic values and principles in South Africa. It is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation which supports capacity building on governance and civil society levels to ensure meaningful participation in South Africa’s social transition to a stable and participatory democracy.

We advocate for an active citizenry that can hold those in power to account, and a society in which our constitutionally enshrined Bill of Rights yields tangible benefits for all, especially those living on the margins.

The DDP accomplishes its mission by:
• strengthening our multi-party democratic system( advocacy and policy matters);
• advocating for broader participation in governance and politics;
• promoting an inclusive and vibrant civil society;
• focusing on awareness-and-capacity building at a local government level;
• supporting poor communities in their engagement on service delivery and social transformation.
ACCEDE based at the University of the Western Cape is a research unit dedicated to constructive but critical examination of questions of governance and development from a citizen-centred viewpoint, prioritising the role of grassroots organisations and movements in their quest for more inclusive, democratic policies (www.accede.co.za).

The methodology

The conference will use an interactive methodology that will focus on creating spaces for serious conversations and anchoring these discussions within the body of existing knowledge systems. It will also look at specific case studies and offer opportunities for critical engagement. Proceedings will be broadcast live via twitter with the intention of ensuring that the discussions reach a wider audience. There will be online discussions in the run up to the conference via social media.

Who is expected to attend?
• Civil society institutions including community based organisations and neighbourhood projects
• Community activists
• Academics
• Corporates that are involved in community projects for citizen upliftment
• Elected representatives
• Government officials involved in public participation strategies
Click here for the registration form.
Conference costs:

R3500.00 - Municipalities, Corporates, Government Officials
R2000.00 - for NPOs, CBO’ and other civil society organisations

We will send you an invoice on receipt of your registration form. Costs will cover all lunches and teas and conference materials for the three days

Discounts: Early bird registrations (registration forms received on or before 28 June 2013) will qualify for a 10% discount.

Sponsorships: A limited number of sponsored seats are available. A letter of motivation needs to be sent to the DDP. Applicants will be considered on a first come first served basis.

Number of seats available: 150

Closing Dates to Remember:

Registrations: 30 August 2013
Payments: 13 September 2013

Seats will only be reserved once payment has been completed. Register now to avoid disappointment.

For any queries or to RSVP Contact:

Suraksha Singh
Tel: 031 304 9305
Fax: 031 306 2261
Email: surakshas@ddpdurban.org.za
Website: www.ddp.org.za

Banking details:

Standard Bank
Florida Road
Branch code: 042726
Account name: DDP 2
Account number: 251136655
Reference: LGC/Invoice number

Please fax proof of payment to 031 306 2261.
Website: http://www.ddp.org.za
Created By: CPSI
Organizers: The Democracy Development Programme/African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy
Participation Requirements: Open

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