Review – Mobilizing for Democracy

In Mobilizing for Democracy, case studies from Bangladesh, India, Brazil, Angola, South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria analyze the link between citizen mobilization and achieving specific outcomes through democracy. Each in-depth portrayal provides a historical, legal, and social context, as well as depicting the everyday realities of organizing citizens. Mobilizing for Democracy addresses four overarching topics:…

Review – Future of Freedom

Examining the modern world’s political systems, The Future of Freedom explores Fareed Zakaria’s distinction between democratization and liberty — or what we might in development circles refer to as “deepening democracy” beyond elections. Zakaria argues that democratization, or increasing the number of people involved in democracy, can actually lead to chaos without “some measure of…

Review – Bootstrapping Democracy

Comparing eight municipios, or towns, in Brazil, Bootstrapping Democracy investigates whether participatory budgeting (PB) reforms make a difference in deepening democracy and empowering civil society. While the authors acknowledge the need for an initial “blueprint” of the best way to institutionalize PB, they emphasize the importance of the “bootstrap” – the local-level innovations that adapt…

DC consultation

DC Consultation on Participatory Democracy

The Hunger Project held a consultation with participatory democracy specialists in Washington, DC on Friday, November 16, 2012. Representatives from development-implementing organizations, grant-making organizations, and for-profit consultants all gathered to discuss the creation of the community of practice, a shared advocacy agenda, the participatory democracy scorecard, and the State of Participatory Democracy Report. Conversation initially…