Have Your Say Dialogue Forums

Dialogue forums allow community members to evaluate what the elected officials were doing well and share suggestions on how they could work to improve the lives of citizens.

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Problems and Purpose

This social accountability method is used to bridge the gap between elected officials and community members, "as well as to reinforce mutual trust amongst them" by promoting communication. [1]

Origins and Development

Participant Recruitment and Selection

How it Works: Process, Interaction, and Decision-Making

In Cameroon, the forums allowed three types of youth participation: "(a) students were engaged in a drawing competition based on their vision for Santa; (b) some youth submitted written suggestions for improvements to Santa Council; and (c) others shared their suggestions using the microphone." [1]

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

Analysis and Lessons Learned

See Also

Engaging Youth in Municipal Youth Policy Development (Santa, Northwest Cameroon) 



External Links

Model: Engaging youth in policy development at local levels: Case of Santa 

Community Dialogue Forums as a Route to Shared Democratic Governance

Dialogue Forum Handbook - Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue Simon Fraser University 


Lead Image: Cameroon Dialogue Forum/Youth Outreach Programme Facebook