Welcome to the NFDI

Every Nation must stop and take pause, especially one with deep divisions both racial and economic as in South Africa, in order to constantly refine its capacity for reflection, dialogue and action. It is against this background that the National Foundations Dialogue Initiative (NFDI) was born.

The central aim of NFDI is earnest dialogue and consensus building. The social and political diversity of the Founding Member foundations is a mirror of our country. NFDI is convinced that this provides a sufficiently broad basis for South Africans from different backgrounds and persuasions to reflect on the Nation’s experience of the past 21 years, to confront our problems, challenges, fears and perceptions about one another and the country in search of a contract within which we can share a common citizenship as defined in the Constitution.


Our Vision

To strengthen and deepen our constitutional democracy through dialogue.


Three focused national dialogue themes are to be pursued in terms of the vision:
Theme 1

Social cohesion and a non-violent society

  • NFDI reference group members to engage in dialogue with outside parties.
  • Research on complex and sensitive aspects to be commissioned.


Theme 2

Growth of the economy

  • Engage in dialogue with leading figures in private and public sectors who play an important role in the economy.
  • Facilitate dialogue, in particular, on the fourth industrial revolution.
  • Research on complex and sensitive subjects to be commissioned.
Theme 3

A more responsive and accountable state

  • Conduct grass roots dialogue in order to ascertain needs within society.
  • Engage in dialogue with leading figures who can influence state institutions.


Upcoming Events

Tumelo Moyeng Faith Link is set to host its second pilot event. This project is a collaborative effort between several organizations with a mission to create sustainable solutions and jobs that address past inequities and promote social justice in South Africa.

Through collaboration with faith-based organizations and communities, the project aims to create sustainable economies that benefit everyone and promote shared value, while restoring human dignity and making a positive impact to communities.

You can become part of a movement for change that is committed to building a more equitable and sustainable future for Africa.

Latest News

Promoting Democratic Discourse: The NFDI-FW de Klerk Foundation Inter-School Debate on "Absolute Freedom of Speech"

The National Foundations Dialogue Initiative (NFDI) in partnership with the FW de Klerk Foundation is glad to announce the success of a recent inter-school debate held at King David High School (Victory Park). Bringing together two distinguished institutions, Randfontein High School and King David School (Victory Park), the debate showcased the contrasting viewpoints on the motion, ensuring a stimulating and intellectually invigorating discussion. The debaters, with their remarkable eloquence and analytical prowess, succeeded in captivating the audience with their impassioned arguments and nuanced exchanges of ideas. The event was themed “Absolute free speech in a functional democracy.” King David High School (Victory Park) was pronounced the winner. All participants received medals. Let us continue to advocate for discourse, tolerance, and open-mindedness in order to build a stronger democracy.

The NFDI and the FW de Klerk Foundation recognizes the value of utilizing “Absolute free speech in a functional democracy” as a foundation to enlighten and educate students about their constitutional rights. However, we also acknowledge the significance of expanding the discourse on Free Speech to encompass the impact of social media platforms. This connection is vital in equipping students to engage in discussions about social media and bullying.

Inter-School Debate: Exploring the Contours of "Absolute Freedom of Speech"


Launch of the first Sustainable Communities PoC in partnership with ACSA, Exosystems, Hluka and Film Spaza held on 9th August 2022 on the West Rand.

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The latest NFDI media statements available here.
For comment or further information, please contact info@nfdi.org.za.

Support Us

National Foundations Dialogue Initiative is a registered NPC (2015/332300/08) with Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) status

By supporting our Foundation, you may qualify for a Section 18A Tax Exemption Certificate and also be part of the citizens of our country who encourage a step to a better future.

Founding Members

Thabo Mbeki Foundation

Chief Albert Luthuli Foundation

Umlambo Foundation

Helen Suzman Foundation

Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation

FW de Klerk Foundation

Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Trust