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.



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.



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



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



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…


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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We have just reached over 500 Likes on our Facebook page! Thank you so much for all your support. Your support is a daily motivation for us to continue advocating and providing assistance to ... See more

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Today, our Community Development Hub Programme team launched our latest publication entitled: "Can social housing Save Woodstock and SaltRiver? A Community Centred Approach to Neighbourhood ... See more

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"As part of our work with local civics, DAG hosted a series of civic conversations to review the nature and form of developments taking place in their neighbourhoods. The review highlighted struggles ... See more

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Our Contractor Support Programme team is in #Khayelitsha, Site C where they are facilitating an emerging #contractor #development information session. The information session which was organised by ... See more


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.


28th August 2018 | 12:25 pm

Clawing at the heels of the housing market – Gritty ‘micro-units’ of Cape Town

Against a backlog of 193 000 households in Cape Town on the waiting list, for many, the delivery of dignified housing remains a pipe dream. Whilst the backlog is staggering, it doesn’t convey the complexity of the housing debate. Firstly, the state has been at the centre of delivery – either as a developer (for […]

22nd August 2018 | 3:58 pm

Women Making Her-story – Celebrating Josie Adler

Every Wednesday we celebrate a constellation of phenomenal women leaders and activists who continue to demonstrate courage, resourcefulness, vision and most of all strength to rise above social, political and economic obstacles in order to stand up and for what they believe in. Since time immemorial women have been at the forefront of various revolutions […]

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:


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.


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.


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.