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…

Kenya’s Vision for Participatory Local Democracy

With a mission to become a globally competitive and prosperous nation, Kenya has established priorities for 2030 in its national development program known as Vision2030. Officially launched in 2008, Kenya’s Vision2030 program consists of successive five year plans detailing its strategy for development. The Vision tackles three “pillars” that focus on economic, social, and political…

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…

Time To Speak Up For Participatory Local Democracy in the Post-2015 Goals

As the discussion on Post-2015 UN development goals moves to the High-Level Panel in Bali this month, questions about effective governance are becoming increasingly important. After its most recent meeting in Monrovia, the High-Level Panel stated: “Economic growth alone is not sufficient to ensure social justice, equity and sustained prosperity for all people…The protection and empowerment of people is crucial. This will require…

Research & Development Methodology for the State of Participatory Democracy Index

Laying the Foundation The first step in creating the Participatory Local Democracy project is to develop a Community of Practice (CoP) among practitioners from civil society, academia and government who focus on local democracy and participatory governance issues around the world. The team of The Hunger Project (THP) staff and George Washington University (GWU) Graduate…

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…

Pólis -The Institute for Research, Training and Consulting in Social Policies

Founded in 1987, Pólis is a non-profit research organization specializing in citizen participation and urban governance. Anchored on the principles of participation and the fight against social exclusion and poverty, Pólis works closely with civil society organizations, local governments, and academic institutions in areas of public policy and local development. Its current focus areas include the…

The Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF)

Through conferences and events, programs and projects, and research and information, the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) works to promote and strengthen democratic local government across the Commonwealth nations while also encouraging the exchange of best practice. Working with national and local governments, CLGF supports the development of democratic values and good local governance. The CLGF…