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The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) is an international network open to all cities, organizations and research centers interested in learning about, exchanging and applying experiences of participatory democracy at the local level. [ + info ]

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Commenting and voting phase of IOPD Award candidacies begins

IOPD members can now comment on and vote for innovative experiences in citizen ...

The 20th IOPD Conference has been postponed and is set to take place in 2021

The Coordination Committee of the IOPD agrees July dates are not ...

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The Citizens' Assembly on Brexit

The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit was held over two weekends in September 2017. It brought together 50 randomly ...

Leipzig strategic urban development

Key Statement to the German Habitat Forum Workshop “Urban Governance, Civic Participation and ...


At present IOPD membership is made up of cities of 101 countries around the world.

IOPD receives two kinds of members. Local or regional governments that join IOPD are registered as associate members. On the other side universities, research centres and associations are welcomed as collaborating members.


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