HOW TO IMPROVE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN THE EAP COUNTRIES? CHALLENGES AND NEEDS OF PEOPLE IN A NEW REPORT
Strengthening of local democracy and citizen participation in the local governance in the EaP countries, by means of improving practical implementation of their national legislations.
This is the main goal of the project "Promotion of Citizens Participation in Local Self-Governance in the Eastern Partnership Countries" implemented by Centre of Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG) with the support of Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Human Rights, and Transition Policy.
Within the project was developed a report on common challenges and needs of citizen participation in local governance in EaP countries, now available online in English and Russian languages.
The study had the objectives of determine common problems, needs, and elaborate recommendations for improvement of practices of citizen participation in the local self-governance in the EaP Countries and identify and describe best practices among the EaP States in the area of citizen participation in the local self-governance.
Project experts analyzed national legislations of EaP countries and their application in practice in the regard of citizen participation at local level in terms of the “European Charter of Local Self-government”, “Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government on the Right to Participate in the Affairs of a Local Authority”, “Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance at Local Level”, “The Code of Good Practices of Citizens’ participation”.
The local government high officials and CSOs were interviewed in each EaP countries with 2 special questionnaires assessing: 1. Legislation on citizens' participation and 2. Quality of citizens participation in local governance in EaP Countries. All Main findings and recommendations were developed based on the processed data obtained by the survey.
Six organisations, among which also members of ALDA Network, from CSF Public Administration Reform sub-working group (PAR SWG) were involved in the work of developing the report: Center for Support for Economic Initiatives - Azerbaijan; Communities Finance Officers Association Ngo Armenia - Armenia; Foundation CCC Creative Centre- Ukraine; Institute for Urban Development - Moldova; Lev Sapieha Foundation – Belarus and Centre for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia – Georgia.
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