OrganisationAL Profile



The National Development Agency is an agency of government under the national Department of Social Development. It is tasked with the responsibility of contributing towards the eradication of poverty in South Africa and its causes. The NDA is a public entity, listed under schedule 3A of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), Act 1 of 1999. It was established by the National Development Agency Act, Act 108 of 1998, as amended, and reports to the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa through the Minister of Social Development.  


A society free from poverty


Facilitate sustainable development by strengthening Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) involved in poverty eradication through enhanced grant-funding and research.


Legislative Mandate

In terms of the NDA Act, the primary objective of the NDA is to contribute towards the eradication of poverty and its causes by granting funds to CSOs for the purposes of:

(a) Carrying out projects or programmes aimed at meeting the development needs of poor communities; and

(b) Strengthening the institutional capacity of other CSOs involved in direct service provision to poor communities.

The secondary objects of the NDA in terms of the Act are-

(a) To promote-

(i) Consultation, dialogue and sharing of development experience between CSOs and relevant organs of State; and

(ii) Debate on development policy   

(b) To undertake research and publication aimed at providing the basis for development policy.  

Policy Mandate

Despite other broad-based policies, the Government has adopted the National Development Plan (NDP) – Vision 2030 as its strategic and policy framework for eliminating poverty and reducing inequalities while increasing the employability of its citizens. During this strategic period, the Government became a signatory on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, during the strategic planning framework period, the social development sector adopted the Mikondzo approach as its vehicle of responding appropriately to poor community service delivery needs.

 The NDA’s strategy is aligned to the National Development Plan/Vision 2030. The alignment is informed by the NDA mandate of contributing towards the eradication of poverty in poor communities. The mandate directly contributes to the main goal of the NDP of reducing poverty, inequalities and unemployment. The NDA, as a public entity, reporting to the Department of Social Development, has aligned its strategy to respond mainly to chapter 11 of the NDP on social protection. The Government pronounced 13 outcomes, which are used to plan and implement programmes that respond to the NDP. 

Capacity Building

Provincial NDA Advisory Centres are walk-in places where trained personnel provide information, counseling support, guidance, and referral services to members of the public…


The NDA provides grants to civil society organisations through two methods, namely, Request For Proposals (RFP) and Programme Formulation.

early childhood development

Early Childhood Development (ECD) funding and assistance are available for children in need of resources to enable them to realise their full potential.

projects management

The NDA part takes in in the managing of a variety of programmes established and sustained in order to encourage development initiatives for communities in need.