The Political Component of Participatory Democracy

We’re holding consultations around the world to create a scorecard to evaluate the State of Participatory Democracy. Over the next month we’ll outline each of the components of the scorecard— why it is important in a participatory democracy, why we are including it in the scorecard, and some of the feedback we’ve heard around the…

National Democratic Institute (NDI)

For more than 20 years, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) has conducted programs to activate and empower citizens and civic groups, has established strong civic cultures, and has achieved an appropriate balance of power between citizens and government. The NDI works throughout the world creating safe spaces for citizens to learn, train and engage on…

George Mathew

The Founder of India’s Institute of Social Sciences and a lifelong-champion of decentralization discusses the importance of participatory local democracy, and its progress in India over the past 20 years since the historic passage of the 73rd amendment to India’s constitution.  

Women Rising: The Role of Participatory Democracy in Promoting Gender Equality

As Kenyans vote for a new president and county councils, they will also be voting for an increased number of female candidates. Prior to Kenya’s upcoming elections, Micah Cheserem, chairman of the Kenyan Commission on Revenue Allocation, urged his fellow citizens to elect women as their county ward representatives. Cheserem’s remarks followed a heated debate as to how the…

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…

Society for Participatory Research in Asia: PRIA

Since its inception in 1982, the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) has been an international center for learning and promoting participation within democratic governance. With its mission to promote policies, institutions and capacities that strengthen inclusion and increase democratic participation and the socio-economic status of the marginalized, PRIA implements key initiatives that focus on…

LogoLink: Learning Initiative on Citizen Participation and Local Governance

LogoLink, the Learning Initiative on Citizen Participation and Local Governance, is a global network of practitioners from civil society organizations, research institutions and governments created to stimulate and support civil society organizations and networks that engage in citizen participation and social control of public policies at the local level. In the 1990’s, regional and international…