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Method: Microfinance

Microfinance encompasses a broad category of financial products and services offered to poor or socially marginalized individuals. Unlike other products and services under the banner of 'alternative financial institutions', microfinance typically serves those living in poor countries or communities where access to "high-quality financial products and services, including not just...
A project of Public participation in Water Governance in Greece, on Managing the Anthemountas River Basin, under the WFD provisions and the funding of EU LIFE programme.
The Tennessee Department of Transport utilise technologically innovative democratic innovations to enable broad public involvement in policy-making regarding statewide expenditure on transport.
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Participatory Budgeting in Merced County, California. History In June of 2017, it was decided that Merced County, California, would have $200,000 directed towards community projects chosen by the inhabitants of Merced County, as a form of participatory budgeting. The main actors in this process coming about were District supervisors Rodrigo...
Summary After emerging from a toxic civil war and 25 years of dictatorship, Uganda has seen increased economic and social stability over the last few decades. This nation is viewed by many as an example of how microfinance can shape and influence socio-economic issues in a developing country. Microentrepreneurs form...
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Problems and Purpose The purpose of this case study is to investigate the use of referenda when making significant policy changes in the UK. Referenda are fairly novel in the UK, and thus this democratic innovation will be the focus of this case study, with particular reference to the analysis...
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Austin, Texas has experienced rapid population growth and diversification prompting city councillors to explore different ways to engage a large, demographically varied public in the decision-making process. The council, led by community engagement consultant Larry Schooler, funded the creation of open meetings and the purchase of "poll anywhere" technology required...
Self-governance is the exercise of power or control over oneself without external interference.
Unlike 'institutionalized' forms of participation, informal methods of engagement are acted out on a day-to-day basis as part of routine human interaction. Although informal participation takes place outside of political institutions, the kinds of interaction may be the same including dialogue, deliberation, collaborative decision-making, etc.
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