Promoting excellence in public participation in Southern Africa

Join our first Joburg Public Participation MeetUp

We’re very excited to launch a new way for you to connect with other P2 Peeps via a new Johannesburg Public Participation Meetup.


Join us next Wednesday (11 June) from 8am-9.30am for coffee and a conversation about core competencies and the certification initiative, and anything else that interests you!

Click the RSVP button below to register and let us know your venue preference (Woodmead or Centurion).


P2 professionals need recognition. Join the conversation about certification!

What do you think the “core competencies” of a P2 practitioner should be?  IAP2 USA, IAP2 Canada and IAP2 Southern Africa have joined forces to develop a framework for a professional certification programme. Your input can make all the difference.Certification survey


Take the online survey

We’ve launched a survey to find out what P2 practitioners think are the core competencies that should underpin this new credentialing programme.

CLICK HERE to take few minutes and complete the survey

The goal is to create a way for well qualified and experienced P2 practitioners to be recognized as professionals who meet established standards – similar to credentialing methods for other professionals like lawyers and architects.

Join a webinar

Webinars took place last month, and two more are scheduled for next week. If you haven’t taken part, click on the links below to register for one. You will hear more detail about the process and goals, and get a chance to discuss your ideas with practitioners from around the world.

Monday, 9 June at 11pm South Africa /SAST

Wednesday, 11 June at 5pm South Africa/SAST


Get involved

To get more information on the Certification Programme, please visit the Certification Webpage.

You can also email Ken Smith, IAP2 SA convener for this discussion, via

Announcing our 2014 AGM

Our 2014 Annual General Meeting will take place virtually on Friday, 4 April from 10am to noon.

Members, don’t miss this opportunity for an intimate online dialogue about how to grow our regional affiliate and promote excellence in public participation.

We are hosting it online to make it easier for you to participate. Email for more info on how to register.

We will spend 1 hour on the AGM formal business. For those who can stay longer, we will then open the discussion to hear more from you about your needs and aspirations for IAP2 Southern Africa in 2014.

We look forward to your participation!

CLICK HERE if you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know to the 2014 Board of Directors

2013 International Core Values Awards celebrate Excellence in Public Participation

At the IAP2 North American Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) announced the 2013 International Core Values Awards honoring award winners from around the world.

IAP2 Federation Presiding Member, Ms. Nomi Muthialu congratulated the winners on behalf of the Board of Directors and national affiliates. “IAP2’s seven Core Values go to the very heart of our association and guide how we think about and practice authentic public participation. The laureates of the 2013 awards represent best practice in our field, and serve as model of excellence for others to emulate.”

Healthy Democracy (Portland, Oregon, USA) was selected the IAP2 International Project of the Year for their entry, “The Citizens’ Initiative Review”, which addressed the question: how can we strengthen ballot measures as a tool for public participation in government by giving voters the unbiased information they need to make informed decisions?

Tyrone Reitman, Executive Director of Healthy Democracy, said, “We’re honored to see the Citizens’ Initiative Review recognized as project of the year by the leading international organization for public participation. Our moderators, panelists, and supporters have done a tremendous amount of work to develop a fair, unbiased process that improves the initiative system for Oregonians.”

Finalists for the “best of the best” international award were gathered from entries submitted by national affiliates in Australasia, Canada, Southern Africa and the United States. Other winners recognized this year include:

IAP2 International Member-at-Large Project of the Year Award winner Intelligent Futures in partnership with O2 Planning + Design (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) were recognized for their entry entitled, “Our Wascana”.

“This project was a unique opportunity to combine creativity in engagement with long-term strategic thinking. By combining place-based engagement, creative graphic design, social media and face-to-face workshops, we were able to really understand how much the community values the Wascana Centre. This was a crucial element to planning the next 50 years of Wascana and beyond,” notes Mr. John Lewis, President of Intelligent Futures.

The City of Calgary, Calgary Transit (Calgary, AB, Canada) received Highly Commended recognition for their entry entitled, “RouteAhead: The 30-year strategic plan for Calgary Transit.”

In addition, the 2013 Project of the Year awards presented by IAP2 national affiliates include:

  • In Southern Africa: Sonja Pithey Consulting the “City of Cape Town S78(3) Waste Review Stakeholder Engagement” process.
  • In Australasia: City of Marion, South Australia “Making Marion – A Community Plan towards 2040.”
  • In the USA: City of West Hollywood, Social Services Division, “City of West Hollywood 2013 Community Study: Engaging, Listening, Learning” as well as Healthy Democracy “The Citizens’ Initiative Review”.

“We are delighted with the response to the 2013 IAP2 Core Values Awards competition from public participation practitioners all over the world. This is a testament to the huge growth of our field of expertise”.

Special thanks were extended to the international jury members, Ms. Leanne Hartill, IAP2 Federation Director (Australia), Mr. Rodolfo Lewanski, University of Bologna, IAP2 Italy (2012 Award Winner). Ms. Patricia Munro, World Café Europe, (Germany) and Ms. Fiona Cavanagh, Centre for Public Involvement, (Canada)

Media inquiries: Iris Almeida-Côté, IAP2 International Headquarters: Email: Website:

See past IAP2 Core Values Award Winners for successful examples of public participation in the decision-making process.


Additional training dates announced for 2013

Responding to member interest for more trainings, we have the pleasure to announce additional training dates for 2013, for both the 5-day International Certificate Course in Public Participation, as well as the 2-day certificate course Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation.

The full schedule is provided below and provides links to register online or download the course flyer. You can also visit our training page to find out more about our Southern African trainers.

If you have any additional questions or want to request training in your area, email We rely on your feedback and appreciate every email we get!



September  2013      
Dates Event name Trainer Location Participate
5-6 Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation Toni Pietersen Midrand, SA Register online
23-24 Planning for Effective Public Participation Elmah Nthebolan Gaborone, BWA Download flyer
25 Communications for Effective Public Participation Elmah Nthebolan Gaborone, BWA Download flyer
26-27 Techniques for Effective Public Participation Elmah Nthebolan Gaborone, BWA Download flyer
October  2013      
Dates Event name Trainer Location Participate
21-22 Planning for Effective Public Participation Elmah Nthebolan Johannesburg, SA Register online
23 Communications for Effective Public Participation Elmah Nthebolan Johannesburg, SA Register online
24-25 Techniques for Effective Public Participation Elmah Nthebolan Johannesburg, SA Register online


CLICK HERE to download the training schedule as a PDF.

IAP2 Certificate Course – 2013 training dates confirmed for South Africa

We are very happy to announce training dates for South Africa. The 5-day IAP2 Certificate Course will take place in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from 21-25 October 2013.

The course will be facilitated by Elmah Nthebolan, Licensed Trainer with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and accredited trainer with the Botswana Training Authority (BOTA).

CLICK HERE to download the training flyer.

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IAP2 and DDC seek next Editor of the Journal of Public Deliberation

In 2010, IAP2 partnered with the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) to jointly support the Journal of Public Deliberation (JPD), a peer review, open access journal of research, opinion, projects, experiments and experiences of academics and practitioners in the emerging multi-disciplinary field and political movement called “deliberative democracy”.

After three very successful years, in which submissions and downloads more than doubled, and the annual publication shifted to two issues per year, the Journal is now seeking a new Editor. Could it be you?

IAP2 and DDC invite expressions of interest by August 15th 2013CLICK HERE to download the full announcement and submission form.


2013 International IAP2 Core Values Awards – Open for Submissions (Closing date: 14 June)

The international 2013 IAP2 Core Values Awards are open for submission and IAP2 SA members are invited to submit entries in the following categories

  • Organization of the Year
  • Research

IAP2 SA organised the first Southern African Core Values Awards for Excellence in Public Participation in November 2012. Sonja Pithey Consulting submitted the winning Project of the Year for the City of Cape Town S78(3) Waste Review Stakeholder Engagement process, and will go through as the regional submission to the international awards in this category.

As the other two categories were not represented at regional level in 2012, the opportunity is opened to all IAP2 SA members to submit international entries through the channel Members At Large.

We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to profile regional excellence. The Johannesburg Development Agency was the proud recipient of international Organization of the Year in 2011.

CLICK HERE for more information on the 2013 International Core Values Awards.

Read about the IAP2 Foundations of Public Participation

FoundationsofPPAre you interested to know more about the foundations of IAP2’s approach to public participation? What are the types of training that IAP2 offers to help practitioners professionalise? What are the Core Values and Ethics that underpin the work of IAP2 members? How does the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation help practitioners to design the most appropriate participation methods for specific situations? Then look no further. The fundamentals are now available in one document with IAP2’s new visual identity.

Download the new brochure that explains IAP2’s industry-defining approach.