Participation in municipalities

A new citizen-centered and participatory political culture at the local level is part and parcel of the political agenda of decentralization. To improve the quality of public services, an involvement of the citizens as recipients of those services is an imperative. Enhancing the existing civic engagement and involvement is a win-win formula that benefits a sustainable urban development: including citizens and local organizations increases the legitimacy of municipal actions.

By favoring the cooperation between municipality, citizens, organizations and associations, a sense of ownership of projects among the population as well as their legitimacy and sustainability can be assured. With the institutionalization of a civic dialogue through an increasingly fluid communication between civil society and municipal actors, organizations and citizens play an active role in the decision-making and planning of municipal projects, thereby becoming vital partners of the municipalities.

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Concept of the Competition of Ideas for Young Citizens - Les Jeunes en CoMun
Improving basic services through the Geographic Information System (GIS)
Local democracy and local citizen participation
Social Accountability Manual
Practical training kit for local citizen participation
Stakeholder study on actors working in the field of youth participation in municipal life