ADELS (Association pour la démocratie et l’éducation locale et sociale) is a Paris-based organization, set up in 1960, whose work is aimed at encouraging political participation and civic engagement beyond the ballot box at the subcentral level of government in France. To achieve this goal, ADELS organizes workshops, seminars, and conferences (including the annual "Rencontres de la démocratie locale") on topics such as deliberative democracy, participatory democracy, and the role these can play in reinvigorating democracy and achieving sustainable development at the local level.
Comédie (Concertation, mediation, environment) is a program created by two associations: Geyser and AFIP, with the support of the Foundation of France. On the http://www.comedie.org site, Comédie has a data basis of about 300 experiences of stakeholders dialogue, mediation and citizen participation in the field of environment and land management in France. The objective of this basis is to allow exchange of experiences by local actors.
French name : Groupement d'Intérêt Scientifique (GIS) "Participation du public, décision, démocratie participative" National Research Group on Participatory Democracy and Public Participation in Decision-Making
Paris's Local Democracy Observatory was created in April 2004 with the primary aim of evaluating the quality and development of participatory democracy in Paris. To meet this goal, the observatory publishes an annual report on the mechanisms in place in Paris that seek to encourage and enhance citizen involvement in policy making. This report, which contains recommendations and opinions on how participatory democracy may be better embedded in Paris's political landscape, is presented to the mayor and is debated by the city council. The observatory currently has 24 members.