Afesis-corplan was officially registered in 1992 as a Section 21 Company from a merger of Afesis (‘Aphesis’ meaning liberation in Greek) and Corplan (abbreviated from Community Research and Planning). Afesis was established in 1983 as a Trust, and in 1992, through a merger of Afesis and its project, Community Resource and Planning, Afesis-corplan was born.
Afesis-corplan was created with the purpose of working towards the realisation of a participatory democracy, where citizen participation in governance would be entrenched at the lowest spheres of government. To date, Afesis-corplan continues to work towards deepening participatory democracy and the realisation of good governance. The decisions to strengthen efforts to support citizens to better engage with the state are in line with the founding values of the organisation.