Innovations in Citizen Participation

Community Participation Improves Healthcare Community participation impacts multiple sectors. Typically, we hear about its impacts on a political decision or an election; however, community participation also has the ability to improve health standards. As part of the 1998 health reforms, Bangladesh’s government established Health Watch oversight committees to encourage community members to monitor health providers at…

Modern Day Community Engagement: Origins

Modern day community engagement, specifically through organizing, is often embodied by the work of Saul Alinsky. Alinksy began organizing in Chicago in the 1930’s in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, of notorious acclaim for its horrific working conditions. Alinksy also organized the Eastern European immigrant community to go on strike against the meatpacking plants.…

People Power: A Documentary Exploring Participatory Democracy Around the World

How can ordinary people hold elected government officials accountable? In the short documentary People Power, TV Education Asia Pacific approaches accountability through participatory democracy. The film examines cases around the world where citizen participation has led to increased accountability, enhanced citizen involvement, and an amplified public voice. The cases explored serve as prime examples of a participatory…

Pursuing the MDGs through Local Government: Naoros Village

Winner of the Global Forum on Local Development Video Contest, the video below shows local government in action. The video depicts the direct link between Millennium Development Goals and locally planned, led, and implemented initiatives in Naoros village. The mobilization of the local populace in developing irrigation infrastructure directly pursues MDG #1- eradicating extreme poverty.…

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

CIVICUS is an international alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society around the world. The organization focuses on three main areas: Protecting the rights of civil society; Strengthening civil society good practices; and Increasing the influence of civil society. CIVICUS undertakes a variety of projects in each of the aforementioned areas including the…