ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy – calls all its members and partners to contribute to the ‘Toolkit on citizen participation’ and promote their local practices! More than 30 practices have been already collected and disseminate within ALDA’s network.

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We aim to reinforce the tool with additional experiences and make it a key instrument to support our members and partners’ work for participatory democracy. The purpose of the toolkit is to provide local authorities and civil society associations with a set of tested practices promoting the participation of citizens in the public and political life of their community.

Fostering cooperation between local authorities and civil society has been proven to be an efficient approach to create the necessary conditions for political and social development of communities all across the European Union and its Neighbourhood. An efficient cooperation brings better results in terms of equality, welfare, security and sustainability. Engaging citizens in all aspects of the life of their community and making their voices heard through peaceful and legal forms of participation is also an antidote to populism and anti-democratic movements that are nowadays raising up across Europe.

Local authorities are called to increase their transparency and accountability as well as to develop mechanisms effectively involving citizens in the decision making process. Civil society organisations also play a key role, they being a unique link between citizens and their local and regional governments. Together they can provide the needed mechanisms towards participatory democracy, and strengthen democratic institutions at the local level.

ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy – calls all its members and partners to contribute to the ‘Toolkit on citizen participation’ and promote their local practices! More than 30 practices have been already collected and disseminate within ALDA’s network.

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We aim to reinforce the tool with additional experiences and make it a key instrument to support our members and partners’ work for participatory democracy. The purpose of the toolkit is to provide local authorities and civil society associations with a set of tested practices promoting the participation of citizens in the public and political life of their community.

Fostering cooperation between local authorities and civil society has been proven to be an efficient approach to create the necessary conditions for political and social development of communities all across the European Union and its Neighbourhood. An efficient cooperation brings better results in terms of equality, welfare, security and sustainability. Engaging citizens in all aspects of the life of their community and making their voices heard through peaceful and legal forms of participation is also an antidote to populism and anti-democratic movements that are nowadays raising up across Europe.

Local authorities are called to increase their transparency and accountability as well as to develop mechanisms effectively involving citizens in the decision making process. Civil society organisations also play a key role, they being a unique link between citizens and their local and regional governments. Together they can provide the needed mechanisms towards participatory democracy, and strengthen democratic institutions at the local level.