Memory of the IOPD
a history of more than 20 years at the service of local democracy
Collaborate with your memories to write the history of our global network.
The IOPD was created more than 20 years ago, in 2001, as a result of the world social forums,
exchange programs in networks between municipalities, and the municipalism movement.
During this period, this global network of cities, universities and civil society organizations
has served as a space for discussion, exchange and promotion of participatory democracy practices.
Since its origins, it has been advocated that the active and effective participation of
citizens in decision making is vital for the functioning of democracy and to achieve a fairer,
more inclusive and sustainable urban planning. Through international conferences,
best practice awards and various activities within the URBAL project of its inception
and within the World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) since 2006,
the network has been growing and evolving.
Share your memories about the IOPD to include them in the memory that we are going to publish