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The Distinction "Best Practice in Citizen Participation" is an award given annually by the International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) to recognize public policies implemented by local governments.

In this 12th edition of the "Best Practice in Citizen Participation" award, 65 local and regional governments have presented their candidacies, with nominations having been received from the following countries: Albania, Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Indonesia, Italy, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mexico, Mozambique, Palestine, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey and Uruguay.

The proposals have been evaluated by an expert jury, having passed through a first stage of evaluation by all IOPD members via the PARTICIPATE OIDP platform. The purpose of this initial phase has been, on the one hand, to publicise all of the proposals and, on the other, to collect the opinions of members with regard to all relevant practices.

The International Jury has decided to award the 12th Distinction to the candidacy presented by the municipality of Taoyuan (Taiwan): “2017 Participatory Budgeting for Migrant Workers".

Furthermore the following have also been granted a Special Mention:

  • Águeda (Portugal): “The Sustainable Schools Project

  • Luhwindja (Democratic Republic of the Congo): "Local Government-NGO Partnership, Stepping Stone for the Advancement of Women"

  • Penang (Malaysia): "Our Money, Our Say!’ - Budgeting by Inclusion"

  • Sakha (Yakutia) Republic (Russia): "Yakutia LISP"

  • Valongo (Portugal): "A More Enlightened Community, a More Participative Community"

The material that we present is a synthesis of each of the different candidacies presented. The complete files of nominations will be published on the IOPD’s website experiences section.

We would like to pass on our special thanks to all of those local governments that took the time and made the effort to present a candidacy, along with all of the institutions that have helped us to spread this initiative and the network’s collaborating members who, as the Jury, took part in evaluating all of the different experiences presented.

How can I submit a proposal?


Become member of IOPD

If you want to be part of our network, sign up here.


Join the PARTICIPATE OIDP platform

  • Sign up to the platform using the same email address you use for IOPD.

  • You will receive a confirmation email from Follow the link and create your password

  • Sign in to the platform

  • Once you are inside, you must fill in your personal profile as a representative of your institution/organisation.


Submit a proposal

  • Once you have created your profile, you will have to go to “Processes” and go into the process corresponding to the 2019 Award.

  • In order to submit your innovative proposal, you will have to reply to three easy questions in three languages (English, French and Spanish):

    • Who submits the proposal? (100 words)

    • Which practice/innovation is submitted and which is its purpose? (300 words)

    • Why is it an innovative practice? (150 words)

You have time until the 9th June 2019. Keep in mind that you will have to answer them in Spanish, English and French. If you need help to translate it, send us the proposal to before the 26th May 2019 and we will help you.

You will find all the details in the Participate IOPD platform, in each of the process stages. Also, you may find answers to other questions in the FAQs page.


until the 9th June 2019

First stage - proposal submissions:

Submit your proposal until the 9th June 2019.
If you need help to translate it into any language, you must send your proposal to before the 26th May 2019.

from the 10th to the 17th June 2019

Second stage - evaluation of formal requirements:

From the 10th to the 17th June 2019 we will evaluate the compliance with the requirements that are specified in section 3 of the terms and will reject  those proposals that do not comply with them.

from the 17th to the 30th June 2019

Third stage - comments and voting:

From the 17th to the 30th June 2019 it is your turn to comment and vote! IOPD members who have signed up to the digital platform will be able to comment the proposals and ask questions to the person who submits it. Each member will be able to vote for up to three proposals.

And then? A ranking with all proposals will be made and the 20 proposals which have more votes will move to the next stage. Should less than 40 proposals be submitted, only the ones which are among the 50% most voted will move to the next stage. If there should be several proposals with the same number of votes, the ones to move to the next stage will be decided by lot.

until the 31th July 2019

Fourth stage - submission of the full proposal:

Have you made it to the fourth stage? Congratulations! Now you have to submit the full proposal filling in a new form with questions which are related to the evaluation criteria that the jury must follow.

Also, if you want you may submit complementary information in digital format to enhance your candidacy. You will have time to send the full proposal to until the 31th July 2019.

Fifth stage - jury evaluation

Each member of the jury will evaluate 10 proposals and will submit a report on each of them through a form. The report will include the point assignments for each of the evaluation criteria (section 5 of the terms) and a brief justification. The proposal which has more points will be the winner! Also, the jury will be able to choose up to five special mentions.

Final stage - publication of results and feedback

The result of the prizes will be made public during the annual IOPD conference taking place from 7th to the 10th December 2019. On the other hand,  jury comments will be sent to the candidacies that have made it to the fifth stage for the purpose of them to be used to improve the practices on participatory democracy.