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This is a global online platform for knowledge development, sharing and learning on participatory governance (PG). Participatory governance is about empowering citizens to participate in processes of public decision-making that affect their lives. This site provides information on a wide range of participatory governance practices and tools – all aimed at achieving more transparent, responsive, accountable and effective governance, at both the local and national level, through active citizen participation.

     PG Exchange offers free access to:

  • A database of over 30 PG tools and selected key resources. The number is constantly growing so visit often!
  • A global Community of Practice (CoP) supporting information sharing on participatory governance. The CoP allows you to connect with a global community of participatory governance practitioners and experts and to participate in online discussion groups.
  • An online calendar of participatory governance events around the globe.

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Training opportunity: Citizen Participation and Accountability at the Hague Academy

17-28 June 2013, The Hague Academy, The Netherlands

Questions to be discussed in this innovative training course are: How can municipalities increase social and financial accountability towards their citizens? What are the different steps for communication and participation in the policy process? And how to promote integrity and transparency? After successful completion of the course participants will receive a certificate from The Hague Academy for Local Governance. 

The course fee is € 2.890, which includes all training-related costs as well as drinks and lunches, training materials and travel during the training. The course language is English. The deadline for the application is 29 April, 2013! If you have questions or if you are interested in a tailor made course on citizen participation contact: [email protected] or +31-70-3738695.

Source: The Hague Academy

Training Opportunity: One-Week Certificate Course on Good Governance and Social Accountability Tools - Full and partial scholarships available  

May 27-31, 2013, Coady International Institute, Canada

Good governance lies at the heart of what affects most citizens on a daily basis – access to health care, housing, roads, education and job opportunities. Yet around the world many citizens feel powerless to influence government decisions let alone effect change. Social accountability refers to the range of approaches that enable citizens to work with governments in a meaningful, productive and effective way. This five-day course, designed for practitioners in civil society organizations and social movements, as well as the staff of government ministries and development agencies engaged in advocacy, governance and accountability work, focuses on developing the knowledge and skills you need to strengthen citizen involvement in the oversight of government, and to improve accountability and practice at the local, regional and national levels. 

Source: Coady International Institute 

CIVICUS Report on the workshop "Democratising Governance through Citizen Participation"

CIVICUS has compiled all of the presentations and discussions which took place during the PG-ODI workshop held in Johannesburg 25-26 October 2011 on Democratising Governance through Citizen Participation into a final report. We would like to thank everyone who has made this workshop a success and to those who contributed to the finalization of this report. The report may be accessed here.

CIVICUS launches its inaugural State of Civil Society Report!

The State of Civil Society 2011, published by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is the first report on the changing health and state of civil society. It looks at five key thematic areas across civil society: civil society response to emergency and crisis; protest, activism and participation; the space for civil society; the resourcing of civil society; and civil society’s role in the multilateral arena.This pilot report was produced with inputs from a number of civil society activists, leaders and other stakeholders, and in future years will be developed through increasing collaboration with a widening spectrum of civil society actors.

For more information and to download a copy online, click here.

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