Promoting Democracy and Civic Participation

The objective of the Promoting Democracy and Civic Participation working area is to ensure that democratic processes, institutions and actors in South Africa’s political system are strengthened for the purpose of deepening democracy. This is done by supporting projects that enhance the capacity and the accountability of political mandate bearers in political institutions and the public service as well as projects that promote broad community participation and dialogue to ensure that the concepts and values of social democracy have an influence on the public discourse and the political and socioeconomic development of South Africa.


| Promoting Democracy and Civil Participation | Event

Official opening of our new conference facility: the Lindiwe Mabuza Space.



| Promoting Democracy and Civil Participation | Event

A homegrown measurement system for national media environments in Africa, compiled using insights and experiences of media workers and civil society. …


Recent Publications

"I just want to survive"

Webster, Edward; Masikane, Fikile

"I just want to survive"

A comparative study of food courier riders in three African cities
Johannesburg, 2022

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African media barometer

African media barometer

A home-grown analysis of the media landscape in Africa : South Africa 2021
Windhoek, 2022

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Youth Leadership programme
Youth Project

Youth Leadership programme

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa believes in the power of young people. It invites 20 aspiring and talented students from Eastern Cape Universities (Fort Hare, Rhodes, NMMU) to the 2016 “Fort Hare Autumn School on Social Democracy and Political Economy” – a leadership programme supplementing the formal academic curriculum of university students. More

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