The DPMF's Programs focus on the following five core activities:
i. Collaborative and Creative Workshops
ii. Sensitization workshops for senior policy managers from the sub-regional organizations in order to deepen the process of regional integration.
Major workshop themes are:
i. Regional integration;
ii. Democratic governance;
iii. Civil service reforms;
iv. Management of internal conflicts and peacebuilding;
v. Strategic thinking and preparation for the future.
vi. Workshops aimed at developing, with policy makers/implementers and civil society leaders, strategies, policies and practical programs for consolidating sustainable peace in post-conflict communities.
Annual General Policy Conference
This is a pan-African conference organized by DPMF either independently or jointly with a major research network to provide a forum for dialogue between policymakers and researchers on critical topics such as conflict, democratization, regional integration, and development strategies.
The DPMF research program aims at enhancing the capacity of policymakers and civil society by generating for their use research-based information focusing on the following themes:
i. Civil Service and Democratic Governance
ii. Conflict and Peacebuilding
iii. Regional Integration
iii. Civil Society and Leadership
In order to build the capacity of various stakeholders and actors to enhance the democratization process, deepen regional integration, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of development policy management, the DPMF has been facilitating the creation of various networks of civil society groups and DMIs/PAIs.
One such initiative undertaken by DPMF is the forging of active cooperation within and among civil society organizations and research institutes for monitoring and advocacy of democratic governance in the process of deepening regional integration in Africa .
Another initiative is the launch of African Development Management Institutes Network (ADMIN), which is aimed at facilitating exchange of information and experience and the pooling of resources for developing dynamic curricula which will enhance training of civil servants in good governance as well as in critical contemporary issues such as conflict management, peacebuilding, regional integration and strategic thinking.
A third major initiative is the formation of National Policy Forums, which are designed to provide open and democratic platform for policy dialogue between policymakers and civil society groups.
Publication and Information Dissemination
The dissemination of good practices in governance, research findings, and/or basic data and information, through various types of publication, is an integral part of DPMF's program of consolidating and institutionalizing democratic governance. DPMF carries out this important activity of raising knowledge level and consciousness through its various publications and through the generation of databases.
DPMF regularly produces the following types of publications:
ii. DPMF Bulletin (tri-annual)
iii. Policy Briefs
iv. Occasional Papers
v. Workshop Reports and Conference Proceedings
vi. Roster of African experts in Development Management
vii. DPMF e-News Forum (online newsletter)
In addition, DPMF's website (http://www.dpmf.org) provides regularly updated information about the activities of the organization and full-text documents of its publications except books.