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02 December 2020
10:30 - 14:00


Date: 2 December  2020           Time: 10h30 – 14h00

Livestream via Zoom

Civil society organisations of diverse types play an important role in the social, political and economic development of the country. While civil society organisations are contributing to the progressive realisation of human rights, they are often confronted with capacity and capability challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns have increased demand for civil society assistance in many communities, whilst placing an even greater strain on their already limited capacity.

A study was conducted to review research findings and current stakeholder perspectives on capacity needs, and to inform a response, by government but also by civil society and the private sector, to address persistent capacity challenges. The National Development Agency (NDA) and Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) invested in the growth of a vibrant civil society in South Africa, and inputs from this public dialogue will be important for helping to prioritise collaborative actions by the NDA and its partners which can speak to the capacity needs of civil society organisations.

Against this backdrop, the NDA cordially invites you to a virtual Public Dialogue to launch its latest Civil Society Capacities and Capabilities Report and accompanying Policy Paper.

Kindly RSVP by 1 December 2020

For further information contact: Arlene Grossberg | E: or Nthabiseng Kraai |E:

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