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.