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Season greetings and best wishes for 2016 to you and your loved ones.

The Shadow Boxer: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s sculpture by Marco Cianfanelli stands between the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court and Chancellor House, Johannesburg. 2015. © Dahlia Maubane.

On behalf of our board and team, thank you for your interest in and support for Democracy Works Foundation in 2015. We hope to see you again in 2016 and together, work towards deepening democracy. 

We've worked hard in 2015. More needs to be done.
Here are some highlights of the past year: 

State of Democracy Debates

East London, Johannesburg
We held two SoD debates this year. The first, on 18 August in East London, debated whether South Africa should change its electoral system to make elected representatives more accountable. The second debate, on 26 November in Johannesburg, assessed the state of local democracy ahead of the municipal elections of 2016. Please read more.

Website & Unique Content

Johannesburg, Rio de Jainero
We formally launched our website In 2015. The website is an essential part of Democracy Works' offering to provide tools to make democracy work. The site serves as a content hub providing policy briefs, articles, blogs, photography and videos. Please have a look.

Indigenous Peoples Project

Democracy Works is exploring the challenges first peoples face in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The project started in 2015 with a scoping exercise, fact-finding and grassroots-based research. The questions we intend to answer and address: how can these communities better participate and have their interests represented in our societies. We shall continue work in 2016. Please read more.


In 2015 Democracy Works provided consulting services to regional and international development partners, authorities, civil society partners and political organisations. Please read more.
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