Values and Principles of Citizen Participation

Values of Citizen Participation

- People have the Right to Participate in the decisions that affect their lives.

- Beneficiaries of public policy can add value to its development and implementation (and similarly in voluntary and private sector policy and practice).

- The benefits of participation must be shared equitably.

- Participation should build trust through cooperative strategies of problem solving and discussion.

Principles of a Successful CPP

- The Scope of Activities each leavel of the CPP is authorized to consider must be clear.

- Chain of Authority flowing from neighborhoods and communities must be clear.

- Formally Authorized city code to establish the force of law in the CPP.

- Transparency, honesty and clarity about the purpose, the limits of what can and cannot be changed, who can be involved and how, and what happens as a result.

- Adequate Resources to manage the process well and to deliver on the results.

- Appropriate Participants; representative and/or inclusive, with traditionally excluded groups given special support and encouragement for their involvement. Outreach must be genuine and open

- Accessibility so that no participant is excluded because of lack of physical access to meeting places, timing, language, appropriate support (e.g. child care), etc.

- Accountability – CPP must be accountable to all those involved. This requires good record-keeping and reporting of both processes and outcomes.

- Learning and Development – Participatory processes should support a climate of learning and growth among all those involved. Including, ongoing Civic Education for effective participation by residents and government officials.

- Power – CPP must have sufficient power to achieve the agreed objectives. This may require a change in the existing power sharing arrangements.

One Response

  1. Unless city government is actively engaged with its stakeholder residents is will be impossible to serve the community effectively or affordably. The government draws as much value from CPP as do citizens

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