Conference of the International Observatory of Participatory Democracy (IOPD)
will be held in the city of Matola, Mozambique on 4, 5 and 6 May 2016. It is
being organised by Matola City Council, as President of the International
Observatory of Participatory Democracy, in collaboration with Barcelona City
Council (Catalonia), currently the IOPD's Technical Secretariat.
The theme of
the IOPD's 16th Conference will be Good
Government and Inclusive Citizen Participation. Its goal is to bring
together the experiences and practices of local authorities, public-sector
managers, organisations, entities, civil society, researchers and academics
from all over the world in order to discuss and deliberate on cities as a space
for essentially human democracy.
conference will be organised round five main themes:
Democratising representative democracy: administration models and citizen
participation experience in local and municipal government,
2: Local and
municipal government in the digital era: opportunities and challenges for
citizen participation via the internet,
Participatory budget and participatory planning: Participation or
representation? Legitimacies and social inclusion in defining and safeguarding
Evaluating forms of participation, from responses to popular demands and
citizen satisfaction levels.
5: The role
of civil society organisations, religious organisations, education and the mass
media in citizen education for participation, and in controlling the
democratisation of public authorities.