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 Vision

DAG Vision

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 Mission

DAG Mission

To create, implement and support opportunities for community-centred settlement development and to advocate for and foster a pro-poor policy environment which addresses economic, social and spatial imbalances.

DAG Strategic Goal

DAG Strategic Goal

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

DAG 2020 Focus

DAG 2020 Focus

DAG aims to provide socio-technical support to civil society organisations and stakeholders in order to influence, negotiate and implement neighbourhood development.

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3 months ago
Cape Town City Council delays decision on social housing project

“This is deeply disappointing and worrisome. It has been in the pipeline for over ten years and been through two political party administrations,” said Helen Rourke, Programme Manager at the ... See more

“The decision today is unjustifiable. Council is a total and utter shambles,” says housing activist

3 months ago
Ndifuna Ukwazi

Council has referred it back to the next council meeting for further “information/clarification”. Is this code?

No, the decision today is unjustifiable. Considering how long it has taken to get ... See more

3 months ago

"In this shrinking economy, the rising cost of living, prevalent corruption and lethargy, we are facing an uphill race against a ticking clock of discontent and dissatisfaction. Despite close to ... See more

3 months ago
Salt River Market site is a major opportunity for well-located, integrated housing in Cape Town : Let’s build! | OUR FUTURE CITIES

Check out this brilliant article by Catherine Stone @ futurecapetown

‘The Salt River market redevelopment project still has to be built, and that will not be before the middle of next year. To get ... See more

All, Housing Salt River Market site is a major opportunity for well-located, integrated housing in Cape Town : Let’s build! Future Cape TownonAugust 23, 2018/Comments closed by Catherine Stone In ... 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.


6th December 2018 | 11:39 am

MURA and DAG: Re-imagining Mitchell’s Plain Summit

Mitchells Plain has developed into one of South Africa’s largest suburbs. Yet despite this, it is increasingly viewed as a dormitory town from which people travel to work in prominent central business districts. The community is riddled by an array of social ills including crime, drug abuse, high youth unemployment and gangsterism. Due to the […]

29th November 2018 | 11:37 am

DAG’s Statement On The Bo Kaap Protests and The Use Of Violence Against Residents By The Law Enforcement

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2018 The District Six committee court victory and the violence relating to Bo Kaap protests are endemic of three key things that aren’t working in the urban development sector at the moment. Firstly, the City of Cape Town is the custodian of all developments in the city. It ultimately grants all rights […]

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.