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The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) is a space open to all cities in the world and all associations, organizations and research centers interested in learning about, exchanging impressions and applying experiences of participatory democracy on a local scale with the aim of deepening the roots of democracy in municipal government. [ + info ]

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The 18th IOPD Conference comes to an end after three days of intense debate in Barcelona

The event gathered more than 600 attendeees from all around the ...

Using Virtual Reality to Increase Civic Participation in Designing Public Spaces

Published in: Proceedings of the European Conference on Digital Government, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Oct. ...

case studies

Consell de Ciutat - Council of the City: Process of creation and engaging.

Sant Cugat has fifteen participative councils, including neighborhood councils, thematic tables in different areas (Culture, ...

Toronto planning review panel

Experience in which a group of residents of Toronto is brought together to learn about, discuss, and provide input on city ...


At present IOPD membership is made up of cities of 95 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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