DAG Matters

Join the Development Action Group as it celebrates its 30th Anniversary. See DAG Matters for Recent and Upcoming DAG work in the urban development sector.

An extensive number of community based organisations from across Cape Town were supported by DAG over 2015 to develop (counter) proposals for unlocking vacant state land and buildings for low income and affordable housing. Read more.

In 2014 DAG worked on the National Upgrading Support Programme (NUSP) which involved the development of a suite of participatory action plans across 31 informal settlements in the South-east Metro. Read more.

During 2015 DAG completed the construction of 2173 ePHP houses in Khayelitsha in partnership with ten emerging Khayelitsha based contractors. DAG is currently packaging the approach in order to share with government, other community groups and private sector organization for replication at a wider scale.

In 2015, DAG piloted an eight month Development Facilitators and Active Citizen internship programme with twenty five CBO youth leaders and activists in Khayelitsha. The programme was run in partnership with The Grail Centre-Training for Transformation, University of Cape Town- Adult Education Department and Global Citizenship Programme and contracted specialists. See Video

DAG successfully established the DAG Café as an emerging civil society space in the inner city in 2015 and is set to become a key space for urban debates and dialogue in 2016.

In April 2015 The Development Action Group partnered with the Architecture Sans Frontiers – UK and the Development Planning Unit (DPU) on a two week workshop – Change by Design, where we explored with over 120 local businesses, residents and experts, the possibilities for inclusive urban regeneration of Woodstock and Salt River. Read more and see video

In 2015 DAG provided legal and institutional assistance to a number of households at risk of evictions, including the South Road Families Association, Bongweni Housing group in Khayelitsha and New Castle informal settlement in Khayelitsha.

Blikkiesdorp and Wolwerivier were at the heart of a number of local coalitions established to lobby against Temporary Relocation Areas. Read more and see video

In 2015, DAG undertook as Socio Economic and Built Environment Assessment of the Bellville Station Precinct for the Greater Tygerberg Partnership. See www.gtp.org.za

DAG undertook a comprehensive study on Land Value Capture and the functioning of the Brazilian CEPACs and Urban Operations as well as analysis of their applicability in Cape Town context. The research was commissioned by the Office of the Presidency, Monitoring and Evaluation in 2015. See video.

The Development Action Group is creating a space to engage with the community on projects, as well as create a space for thinkers, to bring forth ideas on how to change the city. Read more.

In December 2013, Jeremy Seekings from the Centre for Social Science Research (UCT) submitted a report for the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of Police Inefficiency in Khayelitsha and a Breakdown in Relations between the Community and the Police in Khayelitsha entitled Economy, society and municipal services in Khayelitsha. Read more

In March 2013 DAG was awarded a tender by the National Department of Human Settlements, under the auspices of its NUSP Programme, to provide participatory planning and facilitation services to the City of Cape Town across 25 informal settlements within the Cape Town Metropolitan Area. Read more

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