About DAG

Development Action Group (DAG) is a non-profit organisation working throughout South Africa to address underlying causes of poverty and inequality in urban areas. We have over 30 years of experience in working with community based organisations to unlock opportunities to access basic services, land, tenure rights and affordable housing.

Our programmes and projects are implemented through partnership based approach. To date we have successfully delivered 7,323 new homes for the urban poor resulting in improved tenure security for more than 27,000 people. We have also worked on over 80 projects benefiting more than 100,000 households across Cape Metropolitan area.

We place special focus on providing direct assistance to communities grappling with issues related to access to land, infrastructure, housing and basic community services. Over the last ten years, DAG has been instrumental in building the capacity of over 2,000 civic leaders and small scale contractors with a focus on empowering women and youth.



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Advocate

DAG advocates for inclusive, sustainable and integrated neighbourhoods through collaborative participatory research, policy advocacy and joint lobbying. DAG partners with a wide range of local and international partners.

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Capacitate

DAG strengthens civil society to co-design and demonstrate local neighbourhood development planning through socio technical support, active citizen training and contractor training support…

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Demonstrate

DAG demonstrates innovative public and private housing delivery and informal settlement upgrading in partnership with local citizens, contractors and the state…

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Participate

DAG actively facilitates local forums and platforms for civilcsociety organisations and leaderscfrom across Cape Town to connect, learn and lobby around inclusive, sustainable and integrated neighbourhoods…

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Building Trust

A consistent theme running throughout all of DAG’s work – past and present – remains the importance it places on building and maintaining partnerships with a range of key stakeholders. During its existence…

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International Budget Partnership

"It is estimated that working class citizens spend up to 40% of their income commuting to better economic opportunities, but the public transport system has, over time, become unreliable and unsafe. ... See more

Can the emergence of cross-class and cross-race coalitions frame new forms of citizen participation and improve fiscal transparency and accountability in South Africa’s historically divided ... See more

1 month ago
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Over the past weekend, we welcomed a new group of community leaders and activists to #DAG’s 2019 series of community-based capacity building and learning programme called the Active Citizens’ ... See more

1 month ago
MURA: Mitchells Plain United Residents Association

#ReImaginingMitchellsPlain

MURA's extended exco and DAG met the Executive Mayor of the City, Dan Plato today to talk about a partnership focusing on the three sectors. Safety and Security, Land and Housing and Local ... See more

1 month ago

MEDIA STATEMENT: WHERE IS THE INCLUSIONARY HOUSING POLICY FOR CAPE TOWN?

EVENTS

12th April 2018 | 8:59 am

Private affordable rental housing: 24th April 1400-1700, Lookout Hill Khayelitsha

27th July 2017 | 9:17 am

31 March 2018

Our dynamic formal, action-oriented learning programme; the Active Citizens Training Programme, is designed to meet the leadership needs of a wide range of civil society stakeholders and community leaders.  The 4 module course is facilitated through action learning and participatory approaches that will build alliances, capacity and confidence of community leaders, activists and change agents.

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27th March 2019 | 11:52 am

Contractor and Developer Academy Booklet

Contractor and Developer Academy Booklet          

27th March 2019 | 11:33 am

Is There A Space For Better Fiscal Accountability In South Africa’s Metropolitan Municipalities?

By Adi Kumar and Ryan Fester South Africa is considered a ‘young urban nation.’ Over 15 million people live in the country’s five metropolitan areas and account for roughly 64% of the population. The majority of these residents are considered ‘young,’ ranging in age from 15 – 34. The hyper-urbanized nature of the South African […]

Getting Involved

Development Action Group (DAG) is a leading non-profit organisation, playing a vital role in tackling South Africa’s urban development challenges and re-imagining human settlements. You can get involved by:

DONATING TO DAG’S WORK

DAG’s work is supported by national and international institutions, trusts and foundations. We also welcome donations from the general public and corporates to help us to continue our work to create sustainable human settlements for poor and marginalised citizens in South Africa’s unequal and divided cities.

BECOMING AN INTERN OR VOLUNTEER

DAG has a dynamic team of professionals in the urban sector. In order to develop capacity in the sector we often recruit local and international development professionals to work as volunteers on our programmes and projects.

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

DAG believes that research is a fundamental part of development. Hence, we often support students involved with research initiatives in the field of our work. This is dependent on the nature of research, the available capacity at the time, and the critical question being explored. Email all enquiries to: dag@dag.org.za or for call 021 448 7886.