Faced with isolation, citizens strength their solidarity
Civil society and local governments are promoting solidarity initiatives to counter the effects of social distancing
Civil society and local governments are promoting solidarity initiatives to counter the effects of social distancing
EU Parliament pledges to boost citizen participation within the Conference on the Future of Europe
Local and regional governments from 17 countries have shared their innovative experiences
LRG Report to the HLPF 2020
Local governments and civil society key to achieving women's equality
Contribute to the production of a publication through your experience.
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".
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.
The West End pilot is the first PB project of its kind in Vancouver and community vote opens January 25 until February 4, 2020.
14th edition of the IOPD Award "Best Practice in Citizen Participation"
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.
08-13 February 2020. Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
IOPD members reunited in general assembly last Tuesday 10th of december in Iztapalapa.
Municipality of the Autonomous District of Abidjan, Cocody will organize the IOPD conference in july or august 2020.
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".
On November 21st, five human rights organizations signed an agreement allowing the use of Barcelona's digital platform Decidim for two years.
Montreal initiated democratic experiences in 2019: a pre-budgetary consultation and a participatory budgeting of 10 M$ for 2020.
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.
The 2019 International IDEA's report about the state of democracy is available !
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.
Every year since 2011, the New York City Council organizes a Participatory Budgeting (PBNYC).
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.
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.
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
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.
Welcome letter from Marc Serra, the new IOPD Secretary General
IOPD members can take part in the elaboration final resolution until December.
Registration to participate in the General Assembly is now open
$55,000 has been awarded to five community-led youth projects in the City of Victoria's 2019 Participatory Budgeting.
Dublin allocates a part of its budget to its inhabitants in one of the city's five areas as a pilot project.
Finalist Cities to 13th IOPD Award "Best Practice in Citizen's Participation"
The Councilor of the City Council of Barcelona will hold the position replacing Fernando Pindado
The city that organizes the conference will also hold the presidency of the network
The North American organization IOPD member launches this initiative to exchange participatory innovations.
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 conference will take place in Iztapalapa Mexico City from the 7th to the 10th of december, 2019
Participative elaboration of a regulatory decree of a Low emissions Zone in Barcelona.
The 14 most-voted candidacies have passed on to the final stage thanks to the support from other members of the PARTICIPATE OIDP platform
Interested experts are invited to nominate their willingness to join the jury before July 23
Prepared for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association San Diego, Calif.
Call for session proposals for the 19th IOPD Conference in Iztapalapa, Mexico 7, 8, 9 and 10 December 2019
A new experience of deliberation via assemblies chosen by lottery starts up
IOPD members can comment and vote on innovative experiences in citizen participation
A collaborative and open web site that seeks integration as the key for democratic participation and knowledge
Edinburgh and its public consultation on the implementation of a zone of low motor vehicle pollution
The Belgian German-speaking community establishes a citizens' assembly chosen by lot
13th edition of the IOPD Award"Best Practice in Citizen Participation"
The 19th IOPD Conference will be held in Iztapalapa, Mexico City the 7, 8, 9 and 10 December 2019
Citizen participation in the implementation of global agendas
Berlin Likely to Hold Referendum on Re-Nationalizing 200,000 Apartments
Sustainable development projects selected by residents will be funded by the City.
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.
Four Laws and two Municipal Ordinances submitted through this procedure have already been enacted.
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".
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 document aims to create "citizen spokespeople" in which neighbourhood associations, entities and social collectives are represented.
The event has been held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
This borough of Mexico City will organize the IOPD conference in October or November
Today is the 70th of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The event gathered more than 600 attendeees from all around the world.
The first version of the text is presented
How to consolidate the IOPD? Goals and governance proposals
Registration to participate in the General Assembly is now open
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.
You will find all the information at barcelona2018.oidp.net
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.
IOPD members can take part in it until mid September
Attendants will be able to buy their ticket at a reduced fare until the 30th September
The Community Choices Fund gives community organization's and community councils an opportunity to run their own participatory budgeting (PB) events.
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.
During the World Forum of Intermediate Cities, an event on participatory budgeting will take place
Crowdfund London gives the opportunity to pitch new ideas - big or small - for community-led projects to improve local areas
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 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.
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
Switzerland expresses its opinion about issues such as the initiative to create "Sovereign Money" and a federal gambling law.
The international organization has chosen it the winner of the category "Making institutions inclusive and ensuring participation in decision making".
The 20 most-voted candidacies have passed on to the final stage thanks to the support from other members of the PARTICIPATE OIDP platform
Compilation of articles that defend the role of the deliberative assembly in holding the referendum in Ireland
The local elections in United Kingdom took place on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
These 65 candidacies have been submitted in the ParticipateOIDP platform.
The Aragon Open Govern Laboratory is a project to promote the citizen participation in the information and knowledge society.
IOPD cities are invited to organize preparatory activities for the Barcelona conference
The conference will take place in the city of Barcelona on November 25 to 27, 2018
Successful European citizen initiatives must trigger dialogue and proper follow-up at EU level
Minority SafePack seeks to include policy actions in the areas of participation and equality to reach this goal
Municipal elections were held in the Netherlands on 21 March 2018
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.
XII edition of the IOPD Award"Best Practice in Citizen Participation"
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
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.
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.
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 National Encounters for Participation will be held in Lille on the 6th, 7th and 8th of March 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.
Local elections were held in Sri Lanka on 10 February 2018
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.
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
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
On October 22, 2017, the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto held referendums to request greater autonomy.
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.
A state election was held on 15 October 2017 to elect the 18th Landtag of Lower Saxony. The turnout was 63.1%
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.
The 2017 Luxembourg communal elections were held on 8 October to elect the communal councils of the 102 municipalities of Luxembourg.
Voters in canton Geneva have approved a proposal calling for fewer signatures for bringing a referendum or initiative before the people.
On September 24, 2017, three objects were submitted for voting at the federal level.
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.
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 is one of the 20 networks that have studied the TRANSIT project as innovators in social transformation
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.
To participate in the consultation please click here.
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.
The IOPD has collaborated in the publication of this book
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 Italian administrative elections in 2017 took place on Sunday, June 11, with a possible balloting on Sunday, June 25.  Elections took place in 1010 municipalities (785 belonging to regions with ordinary status and 225 to regions with special status) . 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 decicim.barcelona 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 decidim.barcelona.
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
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
17-06-2016A 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 Citizens 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
10-03-2015March 25 Madrid
Annual assessment of the IOPD
02-03-2015For 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 citys first 20m participatory budget
09-10-2014Article 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
23-04-2014This 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
31-03-2014The 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!
25-10-2013From 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 www.buergerhaushalt.org/en. 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
14-12-2012Deadline for the submissions: 15 January 2013.
Communities vote for culture - participatory budgeting in Great Britain
13-12-2012Is 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
12-11-2012Fijis Prime Minister Frank Bainimaramas plan to involve everyone in the formulation of Fijis 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.