2014 Survey Results from Around the World

The data for the 2014 Participatory Local Democracy Index (PLDI) is being developed primarily in multi-stakeholder Focus Group Meetings around the world. Here are reports from those meetings.

Azerbaijan – Focus Group Meeting - Azerbaijan, May 13, 8 participants, Organizer: Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD) The discussions was held at the training room of the Center for Economic and Social Development. There were different stakeholders in the focus group within the discussion framework. All the questions regarding the survey have been answered unanimously. – Farhad Bayramov, Center…
Cambodia – Focus Group Meeting - Cambodia, June 4, 7 participants, Organizer: Cambodian Civil Society Partnership (CCSP)  Participants in the meeting expressed their impressions of having the opportunity to learn more about what has been happening in their society. The meeting was a chance to reflect on the law compared to what the real practices are. This activity is a way to remind people at…
Cameroon – Focus Group Meeting - Cameroon, May 8, 7 participants, Organizer: Reflection and Concrete Actions for Africa Development (RECAAD – Cameroon) It’s always important to assess the level of achievements when we are engaged in a process. As stated in the 1996 Constitution in Cameroon, the country is effectively a united decentralized country since January 2010. Four years of decentralization…
Côte d’Ivoire – Focus Group Meeting - Côte d’Ivoire, June 26, 16 participants, Organizer: La Convention de la Société Civile Ivoirienne (CSCI) As part of the implementation of the Participatory Local Democracy Project, the Convention of the Ivorian Civil Society (CSCI) conducted a focus group in Abidjan Cocody-City ADB. The focus group was conducted to complete the survey on the situation of participatory…
Chile – Focus Group Meeting - Chile, June 27, 10 participants, Organizer: Acción por la Tierra (Earth Action) Given the ongoing national discussion on decentralization and local governance in Chile, the meeting allowed different stakeholders to gather at the focus group discussion and measure the state of knowledge on this issue. Local government in Chile is considered a disregarded space with lack of…
Costa Rica – Focus Group Meeting - Costa Rica, June 19, 7 participants, Organizer: Fundación Ambio* *This was the second focus group meeting held in Costa Rica In Costa Rica, laws on equality and accessibility exist, however, they are not necessarily respected. Marginalized groups do not have many opportunities. Work needs to be done on the inclusion of women, indigenous populations, peasants, and other underrepresented…
Democratic Republic of the Congo – Focus Group Meeting - Democratic Republic of the Congo, May 10, 11 participants, Organizer: Save the Climat It was a really exciting meeting that was enjoyed by the participants. The participation of different organizations was really appreciated by the Save the Climat Staff Committee. Most of the participants hope to see this survey or campaign on Local Governance to be…
Ethiopia – Focus Group Meeting - Ethiopia, June 5 and 6, 15 participants, Organizer: Association for Forced Migrants (AFM) The deputy head of the wereda administration and the head of the economic development and finance wereda office were presents as knowledgeable persons for urban and rural governance in the wereda the lower administrative unit. Women, Youth, farmers and urban citizens representatives from…
Guatemala – Focus Group Meeting - Guatemala, May 23, 8 participants, Organizer: Acción Ciudadana (Citizen Action) The meeting was a space where members of civil society organizations could share their experiences of participatory democracy. Women could express their perceptions of women’s inclusion in local government policies and participation to formulate plans. Maya organizations explained how the State and local governments open…
India – Focus Group Meeting - India, May 30, 10 participants, Organizer: Institute of Social Sciences The meeting was a great opportunity to bring together a group of committed scholars and activists to reflect upon some of the critical issues on local government, decentralization and grassroots democracy. The Focus Group Discussion proved to be  thought provoking. The participants were all experts in…
Indonesia – Focus Group Meeting - Indonesia, May 14, 8 participants, Organizer: Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia (Indonesian Women’s Coalition) The survey questions given by The Hunger Project can be an inspiration to participants in the discussion, because Indonesia already has an Indonesian Democracy Index, but is only see 3 -dimensional, while the standard democracy index includes 5 dimensions. The results show that in the legal…
Kyrgyzstan – Focus Group Meeting - Kyrgyzstan, April 30, 20 participants, Organizer: Global Civil Initiatives, Inc. (GCI) Participatory Democracy is not a foreign notion in Kyrgyzstan, at least not for the Kok-Moinok area of the Issyk-Kul region,  where the Global Civil Initiatives, Inc. (GCI) has recently conducted a Survey in partnership with The Hunger Project and UNDEF. Instead of the planned 5 to…
Lebanon – Focus Group Meeting - Lebanon, July 1, 7 participants, Organizer: Lebanese Foundation for Permanent Civil Peace The meeting was a space for people from different backgrounds to share their experiences, ideas, and thoughts about local participatory democracy. It was an interesting discussion. The meeting highlighted the need for educating local people about their civic rights, accountability, and transparency, as…
Liberia – Focus Group Meeting - Liberia, May 15, 13 participants, Organizer: Youth Partnership for Peace and Development (YPPD) YPPD Liberia had a very fruitful first Focus Group Meeting on Participatory Local Democracy with 10 participants from Liberian Civil Society Organizations. There were members and volunteers of YPPD Liberia in attendance. The people attending the focus group, showed a genuine interest on the…
Malawi – Focus Group Meeting - Malawi, June 13, 8 participants, Organizer: The Hunger Project Malawi  Malawi conducted its Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on 13th June 2014 at Capital Hotel in Malawi’s capital city of Lilongwe. Eight participants attended the FGD and completed the online questionnaire. At the request of The Hunger Project Malawi, Augustine Magolowondo PhD, one of Malawi’s respected local democracy…
Malaysia – Focus Group Meeting - Malaysia, May 12, 10 participants, Organizer: Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara (Aliran) The focus group discussion on participatory local democracy in Malaysia was held in the Penang Institute in Jalan Brown, Penang. Ten people were present: they included a former cabinet member of the Penang state government, three current or previous local authority councillors, and others from academia, NGOs, media,…
Mali – Focus Group Meeting - Mali, April 10, 14 participants, Organizer: SOS Democratie A great opportunity for one to self reflect on ground reality. Conducting the evaluation as a focus group of main actors not only allowed us to collect views of all, but most importantly helped confront respective opinions of the administration, central government versus elected, and  local government versus civil…
Mauritius – Focus Group Meeting - Mauritius, May 9, 18 participants, Organizer: Allied Network for Policy, Research & Actions for Sustainability (ANPRAS) Our meeting had a very well balanced participation, a mixed age group and perfect dosage of gender equality. Also, very knowledgeable and experienced participants like (1) Mr. Ramduth Basenoo (over 25 years of deputation as Village Councilor, and Former Chairman of the…
Mexico – Focus Group Meeting - Mexico, July 11, 17 participants, Organizer: The Hunger Project – Mexico As part of the implementation of the Participatory Local Democracy Project, on 11 July 2014, The Hunger Project Mexico and the Mexican Center of Philanthropy held the focus group discussion to collectively answer the survey on local democracy. 17 people participated in the meeting,…
Nepal – Focus Group Meeting - Nepal, May 28, 15 participants, Organizer: Good Governance Foundation (GoGo Foundation) The Focus Group Discussion was participatory, critical and highly interactive. It figured 14 participants from NGOs, INGOs, the private sector, government, women’s organization, academia, among others. The discussion was so critical and interactive that participants could not reach a consensus on some of the…
Niger – Focus Group Meeting - Niger, April 26, 8 participants, Organizer: YMCA Niger The discussions on the state of participatory local democracy in Niger indicated that there is a pressing need to advocate for adoption of a decree on the application of the right to information and also sensitization efforts to create awareness on the right to information for citizens. This will…
Nigeria – Focus Group Meeting - Nigeria, April 25, 9 participants, Organizer: Center for Democracy and Development (CDD) Responses from the participants indicated that although there is a Right to Information Law (RTI) in the country, and if used could be effective, a low level of awareness of its existence among the public makes it ineffectual. With respect to the convening of…
Pakistan – Focus Group Meeting - Pakistan, April 14, 10 participants, Organizer: Citizens’ Commission on Human Development (CCHD) All the participants showed the homogeneous response that the right to information laws exists but the awareness in the society about the law and its application is poor. Response time for the complaint is short but there is a need to make the awareness…
Pakistan, Balochistan State – Focus Group Meeting - Pakistan, Balochistan State, May 19 , 8 participants, Organizer: Organization for Youth and Social Development (OYSD) On May 19, the Organization for Youth and Social Development (OYSD) in Pakistan’s second largest state, Balochistan, hosted a focus group meeting . This was the second discussion held in Pakistan. The output from this focus group provided an extra set of data that strengthened Pakistan’s profile and our assessment…
Paraguay – Focus Group Meeting - Paraguay, May 29, 6 participants, Organizer: Semillas para la Democracia (Seeds for Democracy) The focus group was very productive because all participants have experience and knowledge in the subjects addressed in the survey. As an example, Romy Fischer, who is a lawyer, gave a lot of important information about Paraguay’s local governance legislation. Also, Marta Ferrara,…
Philippines – Focus Group Meeting - Philippines, April 23, 10 participants, Organizer: Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF) The Focus Group Discussion served as an auspicious time take a good look at decentralization and the state of local democracy in the country.  The reflections of each confirmed there’s a lot more to be done and that the stakeholders should be able to engage…
Sierra Leone – Focus Group Meeting - Sierra Leone, April 8, 9 participants, Organizer: Democracy Sierra Leone (DSL) Participants attended well. I left the discussion going on very strong because all the people that came had a strong background working with and for the local council in Sierra Leone. Apart from the two consultants, there was a lawyer who came from the Decentralization Secretariat who…
Sudan – Focus Group Meeting - Sudan, June 29, 5 participants, Organizer: Sudanese Development Initiative (SUDIA) On 29 June 2014, the Sudanese Development Initiative (SUDIA) organized a Focus Group Discussion on Local Participatory Democracy. 5 people participated in the meeting including representatives from: the Nuba Women for Education and Development Association (NuWEDA), the Public Budget Monitoring Forum, the Al-Alag Media Centre, the…
Tajikistan – Focus Group Meeting - Tajikistan, May 20, 8 participants, Organizer: Center for Civic Initiative The focus group participants reacted to this friendly survey and actively participated in the discussions, as the questionnaire raised important questions that are associated with the participation of citizens in public life. The participants also noted that such a survey should be conducted in all regions…
Uganda – Focus Group Meeting - Uganda, May 27, 10 participants, Organizer: The Hunger Project Uganda The Focus Group Discussion was organized by The Hunger Project Uganda (THP U) and held on 27th May 2014 at Kolping Hotel in Kampala. 10 people participated in the meeting and institutions represented included: Think Youth Development Initiative Uganda, Namirembe Diocese, Uganda Debt Network (UDN), Munkunyu joint…

 

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