Right to Participation: Moving from Symbolism to Substance

The rise of global  inequality and the concentration of wealth is undermining democracy and citizen participation. The rise of urban elites in developing countries in Africa and Asia is affecting and slowing down the process of decentralization. Institutional spaces are becoming inadequate to foster citizen participation in decision making for mobilization and utilization of public…

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…