IOPD Award 2024 Application Form

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Category in which you want to apply the practice

Select only one category corresponding to the most relevant topic of your practice.

A) Building more democratic and peaceful cities and territories

Any action, public policy and practice that seeks to improve democracy, generate trust among citizens and build peace through civic education, open government, transparency and renewal of institutions.

B) Urban management and public space

Any participatory, deliberative and co-creative action on public space and urban or territorial development.

C) Gender and care

Any policy to promote gender equality, the inclusion of specific groups commonly neglected (children, young people, elderly, diverse gender identities...), and ensuring public service provision to all.

D) Ecological Transition and Environment

Any participatory, deliberative or co-creative action to protect the environment and face the climate emergency...

E) Civic Tech and AI

Participation, deliberation or co-creation through digital platforms, virtual processes and the use of Artificial Intelligence.

Type of territory

Select the type of territory according to the size of your population

A) Towns, small cities, rural areas up to 50,000 inhabitants

B) Cities between 50,000 and 250,000 inhabitants

C) Cities between 250,000 and 1,000,000 inhabitants

D) Large cities or urban areas of more than 1,000,000 inhabitants

E) Supralocal, regional, provincial governments...

Practice data

max. 100 characters
Number of inhabitants of the city or territory where the practice has been implemented
Name of the municipality, department, government, institution leading the candidate experience. Example: City of New York, Municipality of Rio de Janeiro, Municipal Secretariat of Citizen Participation of the City of Lipa

Social media networks of the practice

If operational, indicate "ongoing"
Indicate the budget of the experience and/or the resources mobilised for its development and implementation

Temporality of the practice

Select the temporality corresponding to your practice

New practice

Innovation on an existing practice

Type of process

Select the type of democratic mechanism/exercise corresponding to your practice.

Maximum 4 options

Participatory budgeting

Participatory planning

Workshop / meeting for diagnosis or monitoring

Public hearing / forum

Poll / referendum

Citizen assembly / Citizen jury / Deliberation space
/ (selected by sortition)

Standing council
(permanent committee formed by the neighbours of a defined territory or a specific demographic group)

E-government / Open government / Digital platforms

Citizen initiative


Territorial area

Select the territorial level where the practice has been implemented.





Thematic area

Select the main thematic area corresponding to your practice. You can select maximum up to 5 options the most relevant of your practice

Maximum 5 options

Governance, decentralisation & legal regulations

Education (schools, high schools, universities)

Training & learning (local leaders, civic education)


Urban management (public space, streets, urbanism)

Health & social services

Safety, human rights & peace building

Environment & ecological transition

Food security

Social movements (grassroots, civic associations & NGOs)



Local development, finances & job creation

Social inclusion, gender & diversity

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) associated with the practice

Select the SDG to which the practice contributes, you can select more than 1 and maximum 3

Maximum 3 options

SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere

SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries

SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


In a maximum of 1500 characters, present the cultural, geographical, historical, institutional and socioeconomic context of the territory in which the practice has been implemented.

We suggest you start with a sentence such as: "[Name of your territory] is…"


In a maximum of 1500 characters, explain the origins of your practice. If it is a new practice, share the history of participation in your territory. If it is an innovation of an existing practice, share the origins.

We suggest you start with a sentence such as "[Name of your practice] emerged..."

Objectives of the experience

In a maximum of 500 characters, explain the main objective of your practice, in relation to the category in which you have applied and the thematic you have selected. Explain also the specific objectives and sub-themes

we suggest you start with a sentence such as "The objective of the practice is..."


In a maximum of 2000 characters, describe the methodology of the practice, explaining each phase and key aspect of its implementation: territorial division, timetable, facilitation of the process, and stakeholders involved. We recommend explaining your methodology chronologically, throughout time.

We suggest you start with a sentence such as "The practice started in [Starting year] with a [Starting activity]".


In a maximum of 1000 characters, explain the strategy and communication channels used in your practice to engage the population.

We suggest you start your sentence with the following phrase "The communication strategy of the practice consisted of..."


In a maximum of 1000 characters, explain what you consider to be the most innovative aspect of the practice.

We suggest you start your sentence with a phrase such as "The innovation in the practice consists of...".


In a maximum of 1000 characters, explain who were the specific groups targeted by the practice, why it was important to include them and through which participatory processes they were included.

We suggest you start your sentence with the following phrase: "[Specific group/s] were included because on [Name of your territory]..."


In a maximum of 1000 characters, explain the evaluation and monitoring mechanisms of your experience and, if applicable, explain how citizens have been involved in this phase.

We suggest starting with a sentence such as: "The practice was evaluated through [name of the evaluation mechanisms]".

Impacts and results

In a maximum of 1500 characters, explain the impacts and results of your practice on the communities and the stakeholders involved. Share how many people have been benefited, what have been the impacts on public policies, on the functioning of your administration, and clarify if the implementation contributed to the institutionalisation or permanence of the participatory democracy in your territory.

We suggest you start with a sentence like the following: "Through the practice, we have achieved..."

Experience overview

In a maximum of 2500 characters, provide a summary of your practice. We suggest that you summarise the information already provided in the previous boxes and emphasise the most important elements of your practice.

This summary will be published on our online platform ParticipateOIDP, together with the rest of the applications, for the open voting and the publication of the IOPD Award. Once again, we encourage you to bear in mind that this summary will be read by people who are probably learning about your practice and the context of your territory for the first time.

We suggest you start with a sentence like: “[Name of the practice] consisted/helped/involved…”


Please provide minimum 2 images and maximum 10 images to illustrate your practice.

We recommend 2,500 pixel formats with a resolution of 300 PPI (pixels per inch).

These images will illustrate your practice in the ParticipateOIDP platform and in the award publication. Bear in mind that these images should be copyright free and that you grant usage rights to IOPD/UCLG for its learning materials.

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We recommend you to provide any additional resources to complement your application. You can attach a maximum of 5 PDFs, like presentations, news releases, and any document supporting your practice.

If you want to share videos, you can send them via WeTransfer to Bear in mind that these videos should be copyright free and that you grant usage rights to IOPD/UCLG for its learning materials.


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