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The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) is a space open to all cities in the world and all associations, organizations and research centers interested in learning about, exchanging impressions and applying experiences of participatory democracy on a local scale with the aim of deepening the roots of democracy in municipal government. [ + info ]

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Democracy at Dusk? V-Dem Annual Report 2017

V-Dem is a new approach to conceptualizing and measuring democracy. The project’s multidimensional, nuanced and ...

The IOPD has defended the democratic dimension of local governance at the 9th World Urban Forum

The IOPD was represented through its Secretariat and various members of the network with the aim of introducing the ...

case studies

1st Teenagers' Municipal Council

The Teenagers' Municipal Council was convened in Ilion (Athens-Greece) on the 21st of October 2015 in the municipal ...

Participatory Budgeting thorough SMS

Participatory Budgeting SMS is part of a governance initiative of the World Bank and the United Nations Development ...


At present IOPD membership is made up of cities of 91 countries around the world.

IOPD receives two kinds of members. Local or regional governments that join IOPD are registered as associate members. On the other side universities, research centres and associations are welcomed as collaborating members.