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Call to join the jury of the 14th IOPD Award


Interested experts are invited to communicate their willingness to join the jury before 21st May

UCLG presents its Decalogue for the COVID-19 aftermath


The pandemic has put a magnifying glass on the shortcomings we were already aware of. UCLG is looking ahead by developing a decalogue to transform the world in the aftermath.

"Citizen Cooperation facing COVID-19" space at ParticipateOIDP platform is now open


The discussion platform opens to everyone the possibility of directly sharing experiences within OIDP's COVID-19 special

Commenting and voting phase of the 14th IOPD Award has finished


The top 21 candidacies have made it to the final thanks to the support from other members of the PARTICIPATE OIDP platform

Commenting and voting phase of IOPD Award candidacies begins


IOPD members can now comment on and vote for innovative experiences in citizen participation

The 20th IOPD Conference has been postponed and is set to take place in 2021


The Coordination Committee of the IOPD agrees July dates are not appropriate

Faced with isolation, citizens strength their solidarity


Civil society and local governments are promoting solidarity initiatives to counter the effects of social distancing

Citizens' and Youth Agoras overwhelmingly supported by EU Parliament


EU Parliament pledges to boost citizen participation within the Conference on the Future of Europe

39 proposals have been submitted to the 14th IOPD Award


Local and regional governments from 17 countries have shared their innovative experiences

Survey on SDG Localization


LRG Report to the HLPF 2020

2020 International Women's Day


Local governments and civil society key to achieving women's equality

The IOPD collects experiences of Participatory Budgeting and Climate Change


Contribute to the production of a publication through your experience.

The Warwick District Council citizens will vote on "climate action fund"


On February 26th, Warwick District Council decided to organize a referendum on increasing its council tax in order to create a £3m "climate action fund".

First participatory budgeting in Barcelona


For the first time, since February 3rd, the inhabitants of Barcelona will be able to decide how they will invest 75 million euros, that is, 5% of the municipal budget.

Participatory Budgeting in the City of Vancouver's West End


The West End pilot is the first PB project of its kind in Vancouver and community vote opens January 25 until February 4, 2020.

The call for the 2020 IOPD Award is now open!


14th edition of the IOPD Award "Best Practice in Citizen Participation"

The French Citizens' Assembly on Climate change


Initiated by the french President in april of 2019 after the Yellow Vest crisis and the National Consultation, the objectives of the Citizens' Convention on Climate Change are to define measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in France by at least 40% (in relations to 1990's levels) by 2030, within the perspective of social justice.

The IOPD will be present at the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 10)


08-13 February 2020. Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

2019 General Assembly outcomes


IOPD members reunited in general assembly last Tuesday 10th of december in Iztapalapa. 

The 20th IOPD Conference will be held in Cocody (Ivory Coast) 2020


Municipality of the Autonomous District of Abidjan, Cocody will organize the IOPD conference in july or august 2020.

Nariño wins the 13th IOPD Award


The Province of Nariño, in Colombia, has been awarded at the closing ceremony of the 19th IOPD Conference with the prize "Good Practice in Citizen Participation". 

Decidim, the digital platform, at the service of human rights entities in Barcelona


On November 21st, five human rights organizations signed an agreement allowing the use of Barcelona's digital platform Decidim for two years.

The city of Montreal adopted its first participatory budgeting for 2020


Montreal initiated democratic experiences in 2019: a pre-budgetary consultation and a participatory budgeting of 10 M$ for 2020.

A Citizens' Assembly about gender equality launched by the Irish government


The Citizens' Assembly was supposed to start in October, but it was finally postponed to the end of the year, and will run over for 6 months. 

International IDEA launches the 2019 Global State of Democracy


The 2019 International IDEA's report about the state of democracy is available !


A national network for participatory budgets in France


On November 8, mayors of several French cities announced the creation of a National Network for Participatory Budgets that they tend to expand to all territories that work for citizen participation.

Opening of a School Lab funded by participatory budgeting in NYC


Every year since 2011, the New York City Council organizes a Participatory Budgeting (PBNYC).

The french city of Strasbourg is launching its second Participatory Budgeting


Last November 4th, the city of Strasbourg launched an annual participatory budgeting for the second time in the framework of the Pact for Democracy. The city is taking up participatory democracy by allowing its citizens to manage part of the city’s budget to projects they will propose and choose themselves.

'Nazi emergency' declared in Dresden, a German city


Dresden is Saxony's capital, and has a track record of support for far-right and right-wing populist parties, including the neo-Nazi NPD. The City Council adopted a motion in order to strengthen democratic culture in order to face right-wing ideology.

Local Democracy will be at the core of the 2019 UCLG Congress


The IOPD is glad to share the activities related to local participatory democracy organized in the framework of the UCLG Congress and World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders

From "Citizen Budget" to Participatory Budgeting in Egypt


Every year since 2014, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) releases a Citizen Budget, with the co-operation of World Bank, UNICEF, UN-Women and NGOs.


Marc Serra, new IOPD Secretary General


Welcome letter from Marc Serra, the new IOPD Secretary General 

The stage to participate in the elaboration of the IOPD General Assembly's Final Resolution is now open


IOPD members can take part in the elaboration final resolution until December.

Call for the IOPD 2019 General Assembly


Registration to participate in the General Assembly is now open


Five youth program get funded thanks to participatory budgeting in the City of Victoria, Canada


$55,000 has been awarded to five community-led youth projects in the City of Victoria's 2019 Participatory Budgeting.

Dublin votes in favour of a pilot projet of participatory budgeting


Dublin allocates a part of its budget to its inhabitants in one of the city's five areas as a pilot project.

IOPD 13th Award Finalists


Finalist Cities to 13th IOPD Award "Best Practice in Citizen's Participation"

Marc Serra new Secretary General of the IOPD


The Councilor of the City Council of Barcelona will hold the position replacing Fernando Pindado

Call for Candidate Cities to host the next IOPD Conference 2020


The city that organizes the conference will also hold the presidency of the network

PBP launches a global collaboration project on participatory budgeting


The North American organization IOPD member launches this  initiative to exchange participatory innovations.

Press conference and public presentation of the 19th IOPD conference


Public presentation of Iztapalapa city as the venue for the annual IOPD conference in the intervention of the mayor of the this city Clara Brugada.


The website of the 2019 IOPD conference is now available


The conference will take place in Iztapalapa Mexico City from the 7th to the 10th of december, 2019


Barcelona on its pursuit on low emission areas.


Participative elaboration of a regulatory decree of a Low emissions Zone in Barcelona.

The comments and voting stage of the 13th IOPD Award has finished.


The 14 most-voted candidacies have passed on to the final stage thanks to the support from other members of the PARTICIPATE OIDP platform

Call to join the jury of the 13th IOPD Award


Interested experts are invited to nominate their willingness to join the jury before July 23

Incentives for Organizational Participation: A Recruitment Experiment in Mexico


Prepared for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association San Diego, Calif.

Join and participate in the preparation of the IOPD 2019 Conference Program!


Call for session proposals for the 19th IOPD Conference in Iztapalapa, Mexico 7, 8, 9 and 10 December 2019


Scotland promotes a citizen assembly chosen by lot


A new experience of deliberation via assemblies chosen by lottery starts up

Comments and voting phase of the candidacies for the IOPD Award begins


IOPD members can comment and vote on innovative experiences in citizen participation

Participedia update their web on global participatory experiences


A collaborative and open web site that seeks integration as the key for democratic participation and knowledge

The City Council of Edinburgh involves citizens for the protection of the environment


Edinburgh and its public consultation on the implementation of a zone of low motor vehicle pollution

Belgium promotes a new democratic mechanism


The Belgian German-speaking community establishes a citizens' assembly chosen by lot

The call for the IOPD Award 2019 is now open!


13th edition of the IOPD Award"Best Practice in Citizen Participation"

19th IOPD Conference Concept Note


The 19th IOPD Conference will be held in Iztapalapa, Mexico City the 7, 8, 9 and 10 December 2019

The IOPD collects experiences of localization of the SDGs and local democracy


Citizen participation in the implementation of global agendas

Berlin set to hold referendum on banning big landlords and nationalising private rented housing


Berlin Likely to Hold Referendum on Re-Nationalizing 200,000 Apartments

Metz has established the first participatory budget eco-citizen of France for 2019


Sustainable development projects selected by residents will be funded by the City.

The City Council of Madrid launches a permanent deliberative panel with citizens chosen by lot


In this panel called Citizen Observatory, a group of people chosen at random will approach and provide solutions to key issues for the life of the citizens of Madrid.

La Paz already has laws proposed by citizens through the Citizens Legislative Initiative (ILC)


Four Laws and two Municipal Ordinances submitted through this procedure have already been enacted.

Taoyuan wins the XII IOPD Award


The city of Taoyuan, in Taiwan, has been awarded at the closing ceremony of the 18th IOPD Conference with the prize "Good Practice in Citizen Participation". 

The Bordeaux City Council approves a participatory budgeting of 2,5 million euros


In 2019, all inhabitants, no matter their age or nationality, will be able to submit an investment project for it to be voted by citizens. This is the beginning of a participatory budgeting plan approved by unanimity the 17th december by the Bordeaux City Council.


The Valencia City Council submits a new regulation on citizen participation


The document aims to create "citizen spokespeople" in which neighbourhood associations, entities and social collectives are represented.

Barcelona hosts the #Cities4Rights international conference


The event has been held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The 19th IOPD Conference will be held in Iztapalapa (Mexico) at the end of 2019


This borough of Mexico City will organize the IOPD conference in October or November

The IOPD highlights the importance of an active citizenship to defend human rights


Today is the 70th of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The 18th IOPD Conference comes to an end after three days of intense debate in Barcelona


The event gathered more than 600 attendeees from all around the world.

Agenda for Local Democracy


The first version of the text is presented

The general secretariat launches a new consultation among the members of the IOPD


How to consolidate the IOPD? Goals and governance proposals

Call for the IOPD 2018 General Assembly


Registration to participate in the General Assembly is now open

International meeting HABITAT III+2: Quito cities laboratory of the New Urban Agenda


An international meeting to discuss urban solutions towards the creation of sustainable cities has been held on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd October in Quito.

The IOPD conference program is now available!


You will find all the information at

The call for candidacies for the Presidency of the IOPD next 2019 is now open


Until the 12th November, local governments which are members of the IOPD can submit their application to be appointed the President of the IOPD next 2019.

The stage to participate in the elaboration of the IOPD Agenda for the Local Democracy is now open


IOPD members can take part in it until mid September

Inscriptions for the 18th IOPD Conference are now open


Attendants will be able to buy their ticket at a reduced fare until the 30th September

The Scottish Government has announced the latest round of the Community Choices Fund


The Community Choices Fund gives community organization's and community councils an opportunity to run their own participatory budgeting (PB) events.

Italian local elections, 2018


Turnout was low, with just over 46 percent voting on run-off local elections on Sunday June 24, after 60 percent participated in the first round on June 10.

Participatory Budgeting event in Intermediary Cities World Forum


During the World Forum of Intermediate Cities, an event on participatory budgeting will take place

The Mayor of London has launched #CrowdfundLDN - a £1m fund to support projects that benefit local communities.


Crowdfund London gives the opportunity to pitch new ideas - big or small - for community-led projects to improve local areas 

A Coruña will host the IV Iberian Meeting of Democracy and Participatory Budget from the 4th to the 6th July


The event is organized by the Concello de Coruna, the Network of Participatory Cities, the Portuguese Network of Participatory Municipalities, the IOPD, ConsortiumLG In Loco and the Union of Iberian American Capital Cities

THE OCPM launches a consultation on access roads to Mount Royal


The Montreal Public Advisory Board has been mandated by the Executive Committee to conduct a public consultation to evaluate the pilot project for the withdrawal of transit traffic for private vehicles on Camillien-Houde and Remembrance lanes and to imagine the future for these access roads to Mount Royal Park.

2018 Participatory Budgeting in NYC


More than 99,250 residents age 11 and older participated in the largest local civic engagement program in the US, deciding how to spend $36,618,553 across NYC

Swiss citizens vote again on June 10


Switzerland expresses its opinion about issues such as the initiative to create "Sovereign Money" and a federal gambling law.

"Decide Madrid" receives the United Nation Public Service Award 2018


The international organization has chosen it the winner of the category "Making institutions inclusive and ensuring participation in decision making".

The comments and voting stage of the 12th IOPD Award has finished


The 20 most-voted candidacies have passed on to the final stage thanks to the support from other members of the PARTICIPATE OIDP platform

The Irish abortion referendum: How a Citizens' Assembly helped to break years of political deadlock


Compilation of articles that defend the role of the deliberative assembly in holding the referendum in Ireland

Local elections in UK 2018


The local elections in United Kingdom took place on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

65 candidacies have been submitted to the 12th IOPD Award


These 65 candidacies have been submitted in the ParticipateOIDP platform.

The Aragon Open Government Laboratory (LAAAB) starts up


The Aragon Open Govern Laboratory is a project to promote the citizen participation in the information and knowledge society.

The city of Grenoble organizes a preparatory workshop for the IOPD Conference 2018 on the 22nd May


IOPD cities are invited to organize preparatory activities for the Barcelona conference

The web page of the 2018 IOPD Conference is now available


The conference will take place in the city of Barcelona on November 25 to 27, 2018

European Citizens' Initiative Day calls for genuine citizen participation


Successful European citizen initiatives must trigger dialogue and proper follow-up at EU level

A citizens' initiative gets more than one million signatures in favor of linguistic diversity in Europe


Minority SafePack seeks to include policy actions in the areas of participation and equality to reach this goal

Dutch municipal elections, 2018


Municipal elections were held in the Netherlands on 21 March 2018

ALGA forms its first cohort of facilitators in participatory budget


Through the partnership signed between UCLG Africa, Enda Ecopop and IOPD Africa (the International Observatory for Participatory Democracy), the main objective of this first promotion of facilitators was the creation of a network of reference facilitators in BP.

The call for the IOPD Award 2018 is now open!


XII edition of the IOPD Award"Best Practice in Citizen Participation"

Latin America and the Caribbean come together to protect the right of their citizens to participate in environmental decisions


On March 4, representatives of 24 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean approved the first binding agreement in the region on protection of rights of access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters

Inaugurated the Civic Hall, the participatory democracy laboratory in Paris


The Civic Hall located in the Belleville Park Pavilion is a unique space dedicated to all actors of citizen participation and democratic innovation in Paris.

Belgrade Municipal Election


Preliminary results by the Ipsos polling agency and carried by state TV projected that the list of former Belgrade Mayor Dragan Djilas trailed with some 19 percent.

Switzerland has celebrated its first voting day of 2018


The Swiss voted yesterday in two referendums at federal level and various at cantonal and local level in the exercise of direct democracy that prevails in the Helvetian country. In the federal referendums, it was accepted that the federal authorities continue with the collection of VAT and other direct taxes and rejected the popular initiative that demanded the elimination of the payment of the obligatory annual bill to finance the public media. The turnout was 52.9% and 54.1% res

The IOPD participates this week at the National Encounters of Participation in France


The National Encounters for Participation will be held in Lille on the 6th, 7th and 8th of March 2018

Results of the vote of the Rennes Participatory Budget 2018


16,370 citizens voted to determine the projects to be carried out as part of the 3rd participatory budget of the City of Rennes.

Sri Lankan local elections, 2018


Local elections were held in Sri Lanka on 10 February 2018

The City Council of Barcelona promotes the participation of people with different cultural origins and backgrounds


Over a hundred nationalities live side by side in Barcelona. The people who live and work in the city enrich it with their cultures, customs and beliefs, making Barcelona an example to follow for many others. The City Council is to promote participation from this diversity of people, enabling them to have their say on everything which affects them as city residents.

Mayor Bill de Blasio Launches Participatory Budgeting in All NYC High Schools


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in his State of the City address on February 13th that he is launching participatory budgeting (PB) in all of the city's public high schools

Turin and Jalisco launch citizen participation platforms using CONSUL, the free software from Madrid


The Italian city of Torino and the state of Jalisco (Mexico) have just released their citizen participation portals, Decidi Torino and Participa Jalisco. Both have the objectives of involving the public in the development of their public policies and in the presentation of proposals.

Scotland: Community Choices Budgeting Framework for the operation of the 1% target for Local Authorities


COSLA and Scottish Government have worked together to develop and agree a framework that at least 1% of local government budgets will be subject to participatory budgeting by the end of 2021

Danish local elections, 2017


The Danish local elections of 2017 were held on 21 November 2017 for Denmark's 98 municipal councils and five regional councils. All 2,432 seats were contested for the 2018–21 term of office, together with 205 seats in five regional councils.

The IOPD endorse the Manifesto for transformative social innovation


The Manifesto for Transformative Social Innovation Version 0.1 has been written by people involved in a number of networks, initiatives and research groups that focus on initiating, facilitating and/or understanding transformative change and social innovation towards more sustainable, just and resilient societies.

Australia's same-sex marriage postal survey: 61.6% yes, 38.4% no


The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey was a national survey that gauged support for legalising same-sex marriage. The survey was held via the postal service between 12 September and 7 November 2017. 

United States elections, November 7 2017


The 2017 United States elections were held (for the most part) on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. This off-year election included gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, as well as state legislative elections in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature and in the lower house of the Virginia legislature. Numerous citizen initiatives, mayoral races, and a variety of other local elections also took place. 

Sicilian regional election, 2017


The Sicilian regional election of 2017 for the renewal of the Sicilian Regional Assembly and the election of the President of Sicily was held on 5 November 2017

Córdoba ratified as a municipality that will coordinate the IOPD in Argentina


Macedonia holds local polls runoff


Around 833,000 voters in Macedonia headed to polling stations on Sunday October 29 to cast their vote for the second round of the local elections to elect new mayors and heads of communes.

2017 Kosovo Local Elections


Kosovo has held the October 22 an election to choose mayors and councilors in 38 municipalities, in another step in the young republic’s effort to solidify its democratic credentials.

Referendum in the regions of Lombardy and the Veneto


On October 22, 2017, the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto held referendums to request greater autonomy.

Meeting between the IOPD Secretary General and the IOPD Africa Coordinator


Penang organizes the Asia-Pacific Conference on Localising Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


The Asia-Pacific Conference on Localising Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Leaving No One Behind will be held on 25-26 October 2017 in Penang, Malaysia.

Lower Saxony state election, 2017


A state election was held on 15 October 2017 to elect the 18th Landtag of Lower Saxony. The turnout was 63.1% 

Estonian municipal council election 2017


Election Day for the Local Government Council Elections was October 15th. Advance Voting and Internet Voting took place from October 5th to October 11th. Turnout was 53.4% at national level.

Luxembourg communal elections, 2017


The 2017 Luxembourg communal elections were held on 8 October to elect the communal councils of the 102 municipalities of Luxembourg.

Geneva lowers threshold for popular votes


Voters in canton Geneva have approved a proposal calling for fewer signatures for bringing a referendum or initiative before the people. 

Popular vote in Switzerland of September 24, 2017


On September 24, 2017, three objects were submitted for voting at the federal level.

Portuguese local elections, 2017


The Portuguese municipal elections of 2017 were held on 1 October. The election of 308 municipal councilors, their councilors and municipal assemblies, as well as the 3091 parish assemblies were in dispute, from which the executives of the parish councils will leave.

Participatory budget of Paris: nearly 500 projects submitted to the vote of the Parisians


All Parisians are invited to vote from 13 September to 1 October for projects proposed by residents to improve or enhance life in the capital. The Paris City Council reserves 100 million euros of its investment budget to finance the most popular projects.

The IOPD has participated in the final Transit Conference


The IOPD is one of the 20 networks that have studied the TRANSIT project as innovators in social transformation

Cascais wins the the GIFT Public Participation in Fiscal Policy and Budget Making Award for his Participatory Budgeting


The Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) is a global network that facilitates dialogue between governments, civil society organizations, private sector and other stakeholders to find and share solutions to challenges in fiscal transparency and participation. 

The OECD launch an online public consultation for its Recommendation of the Council on Open Government


To participate in the consultation please click here.

Signing of Agreement between UCLG-Afrique, Enda Ecopop, IOPD Africa and Assoal/ School of Governance and the Inter-African Alliance of the Participatory Budgeting


In the continuity of its process of setting up the College of participatory budgeting, the African Local Governments Academy (ALGA) of UCLG Africa signed on June, 1st, 2017, a framework convention of cooperation with IOPD Africa and other african organizations. 

Publication of the book "Feminisms for Participation"


The IOPD has collaborated in the publication of this book

The City of La Paz won the 11th IOPD Award


The Municipal Government of La Paz (Bolivia) has won the 11th IOPD Award "Best Practice in Citizen's Participation" for its experience Neighborhoods and Communities of Truth Programs.

The city of Barcelona has been chosen to host the 18th IOPD Conference


Italian local elections, 2017


The Italian administrative elections in 2017 took place on Sunday, June 11, with a possible balloting on Sunday, June 25. [1] Elections took place in 1010 municipalities (785 belonging to regions with ordinary status and 225 to regions with special status) [2]. In Trentino-Alto Adige and Valle d'Aosta

Cambodian communal elections, 2017


Communal elections were held in Cambodia on Sunday, 4 June 2017.

New cities and organizations adhering to IOPD in May 2017


9 local or regional governments and organizations have been accepted as new IOPD members in May 2017

Federal voting of May 21 2017 in Switzerland


Vote results: Energy Law

Referendums in Swiss cantons on 21 May


Zurich voters support current foreign language approach

Nepal held its first local elections in 20 years


After two lost decades, Nepalis are finally getting ready to vote in local elections for 481 Village Councils, 246 Municipalities and 17 Metropolitan Cities. In the two-phased elections on 14 May and 14 June, nearly 14 million citizens will be casting their ballots for the first time under the new Constitution, for representatives in new local structures.

L'Aquila (Italy) will host the second edition of the Festival of participation from 6 to 9 July


The festival will be focused on the citizen participation as a condition and resource for a quality democracy.


North Rhine-Westphalia state election, 2017


The turnout was 65.17%, higher than the 2012 elections (59.6%).

West Bank 2017 municipal election


West Bank municipal election results revealed amid low turnout, party boycotts

Results of Chicago's 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Initiative 2017 Announced


Ballots were cast by 2,911 ward residents

Schleswig-Holstein state election, 2017


State elections were held in Schleswig-Holstein on 7 May 2017

2017 United Kingdom Local Elections


The 2017 United Kingdom local elections were held on Thursday 4 May 2017. Local elections were held across Great Britain, with elections to 35 English local authorities and all councils in Scotland and Wales.

City of Vernon launches new engagement website, participatory budget for residents


New cities and organizations adhering to IOPD in April 2017


IOPD 11th Award Finalists


Finalist Cities to 11th IOPD Award "Best Practice in Citizen's Participation"


Finnish municipal elections, 2017


Municipal elections were held in Finland on Sunday, 9 April 2017. In the elections, municipal councillors and deputy councillors are elected for the next four-year term. The total number of councillors to be elected in the entire country is 8,999. The local councils' term of office will begin on 1 June 2017.

IOPD: mapping Citizen Participation worldwide


The Barcelona City Council presents its proposal for a Regulation of Citizen Participation


World Forum for Democracy 2017: call for lab submissions


More than 212,000 people participate in the first citizen vote in Madrid


  • High participation has forced to delay votes scrutiny and the publication of results

  • “Single Transport Voucher” and “Madrid 100% sustainable” have been the two proposals widely approved by the people of Madrid

  • Project “Welcome Mother Nature” project to remodel Plaza España has beaten “Walk throug

New cities and organizations adhering to IOPD in February 2017


Six cities in the metropolitan area to use the software


Barcelona City Council has signed an agreement with the consortium of local administrations Localret, Barcelona Provincial Council and six metropolitan municipalities (L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Terrassa, Sabadell, Badalona, Gavà and Sant Cugat del Vallès) to share the software for the participatory platform

Candidacies submitted to the 11th IOPD Distinction


Having ended the deadline for submitting applications to the 11th Distinction "Best Practice in Citizen Participation" the Technical Secretary  has received 48 candidatures coming from 25 different countries, overcoming the 36 of last edition and the 32 of the ninth.


Madrid inhabitants can decide which projects will be financed with the 100 million euros of the public budget 2018


The process to present projects to invest 100 millions euros in participative budget starts the 18th January.

Madrid starts a citizen consultation about pedestrianization of Gran Vía


From 13th to 19th February Madrid citizens will decide how to improve Gran Vía and make it more appealing to pedestrian.

The IODP has attended the Habitat 3 Conference


Habitat 3 was the United Nations Conference on housing and sustainable urban development held in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 to 20 October 2016. This summit saw the approval of the New Urban Agenda, which will provide the guidelines for gearing efforts towards the development of cities for an extensive range of players...

The IODP has attended the Bogota Summit of Local Leaders


The World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders was held in the Colombian capital from 12 to 15 October, bringing together mayors, councillors, municipal officials and members of civil society. The Chair of the IODP Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal, played an active part in various plenary sessions and at the UCLG's Assembly and World Council, championing the role of local governments as the players for international governance.

Statement on the detention of the mayors of Diyarbakir


Democracy Day


Bachir Kanouté participates in the 6th World Human Rights Cities Forum 2016 in Gwangju, Republic of Korea


The Presidency and the Secretary General of the IOPD meet to coordinate the work period 2016-2017


A delegation from the City of Montreal has come to the City of Barcelona in order to prepare the activities for the period 2016-2017.

Release of the report on the consultation on reducing Montrealers’ dependence on fossil energies


The City of Montreal elected as the new president of the IOPD for the period 2016 -2017


10th Award “Best Practice in Citizen’s Participation” outcomes


New members attached to the IOPD in March 2016


Technical mission to prepare the 16th IOPD Conference


New members attached to the IOPD during 2015


Letter of welcome from the new General Secretary


A session on Participatory Budgeting was held at Africities Summit


Seattle Launches Citywide Youth PB


The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) takes a Leading Role in International Research Partnership on Participation and Democracy”


Participatory Budgeting processes start in 6 US cities


The Mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau visit the UCLG and IOPD offices


Official presentation of the 16th International Observatory of Participatory Democracy Conference


New IODP members adhered in August


The municipality of Quart de Poblet wins the 9th IOPD Award


The city of Matola (Mozambique), elected as new presidency of the IOPD, and home of the 16th International Conference.


IOPD Internal Meeting


March 25 – Madrid

Annual assessment of the IOPD


For IOPD members

Open the period to choose the chair of the IOPD in 2016


U.S. Public Participation Playbook Open Beta


Nominations submitted to the 9th IOPD Distinction


Call of jury for the 9th Distinction for Best Practice in Citizen Participation


15th IOPD Conference: Madrid 24 - 26 March, 2015


Parisians have their say on city’s first €20m ‘participatory budget’


Article about Paris Participatory Budgeting in The Guardian

The IOPD Secretary- General meets with the Comptroller General of Mexico City


IOPD attends Participedia meeting


IOPD and Mercociudades have signed a collaboration agreement


The city of Chengdu, China, has won the 8th IOPD Distinction "Best Practice in Citizen Participation"


Ceremony 8th IOPD Distinction


Program 14th IOPD Conference


Participatory Budgeting Project Wins 1st Brown Democracy Medal from Penn State


This member of the OIDP has received this award for its work in promoting participatory democracy.

The period for the choice of the Presidency of the IOPD during 2015 is open


The IOPD present at the Kyoto Smart City Expo


The Commissioner for Public Participation and Associations of Barcelona City Council and Head of the Technical Secretariat of the OIDP Carles Agustí, spoke at the Smart City Expo held in Kyoto to introduced theOpen Government project of Barcelona and to explain the role of the International Observatory for Participatory Democracy.

CBM Rapport presentation in Phillipines


Comittee on Participatory budgeting in the City of VIC


Webpage about German PB now in English!


From current information, to FAQs, to the map of participatory budgeting (PB) in Germany – you can now find everything worth knowing about PB and more in English by visiting This new English platform presents procedures and methods used in PB both in Germany and worldwide. We are launching it to further advance the international dialogue on PB.

How Participatory Budgeting became normal practice on the NYC Council


San Francisco To Test Online Participatory Budgeting


Participatory Budgeting in NYC: Thinking Critically and Looking Forward


Vallejo (California) became the first U.S. municipality to fully adopt participatory budgeting.


Conference for E-democracy and Open Government - Call for papers


Deadline for the submissions: 15 January 2013.

Communities vote for culture - participatory budgeting in Great Britain


Is participatory budgeting good news for the cultural sector?

The Global Movement for Budget Transparency, Accountability, and Transparency (BTAP) has recently launched its website


Fiji: Participatory democracy in action – a constitution of the people


Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama’s plan to involve everyone in the formulation of Fiji’s fourth constitution has been translated into action. Consultations with political parties, non-governmental organisations and citizens are taking place all over Fiji to draft a new constitution by 2013.

The United Nations Democracy Fund invites civil society organizations to apply for funding for projects to advance and support democracy.