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The Distinction "Best Practice in Citizen Participation" is an award given annually by the International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) to recognize public policies implemented by local governments.

At the 14th edition of the "Best Practice in Citizen Participation" Award, 39 proposals from 17 different countries have been submitted through our online platform.

All submissions have been first pre-selected through a first stage of by all IOPD members via the PARTICIPATE OIDP platform. This way, all proposals were published and our members could exchange their opinions and questions on the other practices.

Once pre-selected, the finalist proposals have been evaluated by a jury of participatory democracy experts. The International Jury decided to award the 14th IOPD Award to the proposal presented by the Buenos Aires: Playing and participating. When children are the protagonists of urban planning.

Furthermore, the following have also been granted a Special Mention:

  • Rural Participatory Budgeting, Cuenca (climate change mention)
  • Gender Mainstreaming Strategy for Citizen Participation, Catalonia (gender mention)
  • Citizen Guardians, Chihuahua (mention)
  • Esplugues Participates: Guaranteeing Inclusiveness, Esplugues de Llobregat (mention)
  • Humanizing the Budget Process, Durham (mention)

This recognition is not to the detriment of the other proposals, among which there are notable cases that were highly regarded. We are therefore pleased to invite you to read this document in order to discover more interesting practices in citizen participation.

The material we are presenting here is a summary of each of the different entries submitted. The complete files of the entries will be published in the IOPD’s website, experiences section.

We take this opportunity to thank all the local governments which took the time and made the effort to present an experience, along with all the institutions which helped us to share this initiative as well as the network’s collaborating members who undertook the task of jurors and took the difficult decision of selecting only some proposals.

XIV Distinction

Playing and participating. When children are the protagonists of urban planning

Buenos Aires

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Special Mentions

  • climate change mention
    Rural Participatory Budgeting

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  • gender mention
    Gender Mainstreaming Strategy for Citizen Participation

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  • Citizen Guardians

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  • Esplugues Participates: Guaranteeing Inclusiveness

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  • Humanizing the Budget Process

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Cristina Bloj

Social anthropology. Professor and Researcher Universidad Nacional del Rosario, Consultant Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC / United Nations) Argentina


Bruno de Andrade

Assistant Professor at the UNESCO chair of Heritage & Values, Heritage & Architecture section, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft


Larissa G. de Magalhães

Postdoctoral Research Associate at CyberBRICS, Getúlio Vargas Foundation; Senior Consultant in Public Policy, Internet Governance, Open Data & Open Government


Bruno Kaufmann

President, Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy


Josh Lerner

People Powered’s co-Executive Director

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Florence Nda Konan

International consultant, social development of territories, gender, human rights, children's rights and citizen participation


Andrew Coulson

Community Engagement Advocate

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Fernando Pindado

Advisor and consultant in public policy, community action and citizen participation
Secretary General of IOPD 2016-2019


Katharina Zügel

Décider Ensemble’s co-director of