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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…