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The People’s Policy is a citizen-led approach to policy development. The methodology was developed in South Australia by DemocracyCo, a professional deliberative practitioner and facilitator organisation, and a group of stakeholders, made up of government, business, and public service representatives. The process consists of a panel of citizens working collaboratively...
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The People’s Policy on Children’s Wellbeing was a collaborative engagement process in South Australia. Its main purpose was to counter distrust in Australian politicians by giving citizens the ability to develop an evidence-based policy on child wellbeing. The process consisted of a representative panel of 38 citizens alongside stakeholders, experts...
Nella Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano, dagli anni novanta, un gruppo di cittadini, organizzato in un'associazione chiamata "Iniziativa per più democrazia", si prefigge lo sviluppo della democrazia in Alto Adige e l'avvicinamento dei cittadini al tema della partecipazione democratica. L'idea della democrazia si basa sulla convinzione che l'essere umano possieda la...
Il Fronte Occidentale è un rione dell’estrema periferia ovest di Pavia, in cui, tra il 2013 e il 2016, si è svolto un progetto per promuovere legami comunitari, attivando una inedita collaborazione tra cittadini, organizzazioni, imprese sociali e Comune finalizzata a rigenerare spazi degradati o sottoutilizzati e a dare vita...
L’Arche Antigonish, a community of people living with and without intellectual disabilities, engaged in a visioning session using a tool called Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope (PATH) to rethink their arts program and to move to more accessible community discussions that intentionally engage people living with disabilities in decisions that...
The Democracy Project, a youth-led program at Byrne Creek High School in Burnaby, Canada, used participatory education to empower students to make student representation more inclusive through district-wide policy change.

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...
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In 2012, plans for the construction of a new Mental Health Center of Denver began under the title ‘The Dahlia Project.’ Initially, fundraising was the only form of community engagement pursued by organizers; however, in-depth public consultations became necessary to proceed with the development when local residents protested against the...
Since the early 2000s, Uganda has placed an emphasis on bottom-up development by NGO’s and microfinance. The ‘people-centred’ approach to poverty alleviation and community development allows active participation and self-determination absent in the traditional market and state top-down models that discouraged popular participation and alienated citizens.
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The Digital Democracy project was started by students at the California Polytechnic University (Cal Poly) as part of a non-partisan initiative to increase governmental transparency and to support policymakers and the media in documenting governmental decisions on the ratification of legislative bills. To this end, the project has created a...
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