Publications | ELLA
17
Mar
2015
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Local Perspectives on Climate Change: Participatory Video in Somotillo, Nicaragua

This Working Paper from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) describes a case study piloting the use of Participatory Video (PV) methodologies to build capacities and empower young women and men in rural communities.

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22
Jan
2015
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Encouraging Parents' Engagement in Public Education Reform

Against the backdrop of striking teachers shutting down transportation and blocking airports, Mexican legislators are being hailed for approving a set of powerful laws on national education reform.

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16
Jan
2015
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Does Participatory Budgeting have an Effect on the Quality of Public Services? The Case of Peru’s Water and Sanitation Sector

Using econometric techniques, complemented by qualitative analysis, the authors of this Working Paper conclude that particpatory budgeting does not achieve an improvement in water and sanitation coverage and service quality in Peru.

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27
Nov
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Winds of Change: The Progress of Open Government Policymaking in Latin America and the Caribbean

This paper from the IDB includes a detailed analysis of the progress of open government strategies within Latin America and the Caribbean, based on an in-depth review of the action plans of 14 of the 15 current Open Government Partnership (OGP) members in the region.

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11
Nov
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Effective Public Policies and Active Citizenship: Brazil’s Experience of Building a Food and Nutrition Security System

This Oxfam paper concludes that the progress made by Brazil in the fight against hunger and poverty resulted from the combination of the interests of government and civil society through a process of collective, participatory and democrtic construction.

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20
Oct
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Whose Public Spaces? Citizen Participation in Urban Planning in Santiago, Chile

This article in Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) 66 describes the process of community engagement in two urban redevelopment projects located in an eastern commune of Santiago, Chile.

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18
Jul
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

The Social Technology Network: A Hybrid Experiment in Grassroots Innovation

This Working Paper from the Steps Centre tells the story of the Social Technology Network (STN), sharing lessons from this hybrid experiment to promote grassroots innovation in Brazil, which began in July 2004.

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1
Jul
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Can States Continue to Govern the New Citizenry Using Old Paradigms?: The Political Challenges of Open Government in Latin America and the Caribbean

This discussion paper from the Inter-American Development Bank analyses the political challenges that the Open Government model poses, while also evaluating the incentives, obstacles and opportunities that the Open Government agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean will have to tackle if it is to be feasible and successful.

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27
Mar
2014
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHT

ELLA Learning Alliance on Citizen Oversight - Module 3: Improving Government Accountability through Mechanisms for Citizen Participation

Module 3 discussed how Latin American participatory mechanisms have improved government accountability, increased involvement of civil society in decision-making processes and strengthened alliances between citizens and their representatives.

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29
Jul
2013
SPOTLIGHT ON ORGANISATIONS

Spotlight on Organisations: Citizen Participation in Latin America

Boosted in part by the region’s democratic transitions, citizen participation initiatives in Latin America have become increasingly common. This Spotlight highlights some of the key regional networks and national organisations working on and supporting citizen participation initiatives in Latin America.

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25
Jul
2013
REVIEW

Review of ELLA Citizen Participation Materials: A Focus on Participation to Address Inequality

Here Dr. Felipe Hevia, Professor and Researcher at CIESAS, Mexico, offers his reaction to the ELLA knowledge materials on Citizen Participation.

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8
Jul
2013
REVIEW

Context Matters: The Potentials and Limits of Citizen Participation in Latin America

Here Enrique Peruzzotti, Professor in the Political Science Department of Di Tella University and Researcher at CONICET, Argentina, offers his reaction to the ELLA knowledge materials on Citizen Participation.

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18
Jun
2013
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Civil Society and Participation in Brazil: A Literature Review

This literature review by J. Ricardo Tranjan at the Centre for Public Policy Research at the University of São Paulo examines studies of participatory budgeting, presents research on policy councils and offers an analysis of studies that treat citizen participation as a constitutive part of the representative system.

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11
Jun
2013
GUIDE

Citizen Participation in Latin America: Innovations to Strengthen Governance

From small communities in rural Mexico to urban metropolises in Brazil and Colombia, citizen participation initiatives have emerged to improve policies, laws and the public agenda to ultimately enhance accountability and social justice.

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30
Apr
2013
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

The Promise of Transformation Through Participation: An Analysis of Communal Councils in Caracas, Venezuela

Communal Councils (CCs) in Venezuela are deemed as part of a greater project of social transformation under a radical approach to participatory democracy.

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27
Mar
2013
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

ELLA Citizen Oversight Study Tour to Mexico

South-South knowledge exchange is a powerful tool for sharing lessons about successful policy and practice, as this video of the citizen oversight study tour to Mexico demonstrates.

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23
Nov
2012
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

A New Role for Citizens in Public Procurement

This first publication of Transparencia Mexicana's 'Citizens & Markets' series aims to approach the evolving relationships among actors by analyzing trends around the globe of citizen’s participation in public procurement processes, a place where governments and companies usually were alone, and where citizens now are thriving to meet and interact.

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17
Sep
2012
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

"Participatory Governance?" Gender and Participation in Peru’s Local Institutions

Are participatory budgets truly "participatory"? If not, what does this mean for participatory governance projects meant to engage those citizens that have been left behind by corrupt or inefficient representative political institutions? This paper begins to analyse these issues by exploring gender and participatory budgeting in Peru.

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27
Aug
2012
BRIEFS

Multi-actor Dialogues for Better Public Policies: Lessons from Latin America

The elaboration of public policy agendas and legislative initiatives through multi-actor dialogues is playing a fundamental role in strengthening democratic practices in Latin American countries. What are some of the key experiences in the region?

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24
Aug
2012
SPOTLIGHT ON KNOWLEDGE

Spotlight on Publications: Citizen Participation in Local Governance in Latin America

Citizen participation in governance at the local level has long been acknowledged to play a role in improving public policies. The following publications analyse the experience of Latin American countries in implementing these participation mechanisms.

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21
Aug
2012
SPOTLIGHT ON KNOWLEDGE

Spotlight on Publications: Citizen Oversight of Conditional Cash Transfer Programmes

The following selected publications illustrate and analyse a variety of experiences in which citizen participation is improving oversight of CCT programmes in the Latin American context.

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17
Aug
2012
SPOTLIGHT ON KNOWLEDGE

Spotlight on Publications: Participation in Development Projects Funded by International Financial Institutions

The following selection of publications provides insights, cases, lessons learned and guidelines to help development practitioners, communities and civil society organisations (CSOs), among other stakeholders, access tools to activate IFIs accountability mechanisms and to actively participate in decision making about large-scale development projects in their communities.

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10
Aug
2012
SPOTLIGHT ON KNOWLEDGE

Spotlight on Publications: Methodologies of Latin American Report Cards on Health

In the last decades, citizen initiatives formed by academia, the private sector and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in various Latin American countries have emerged seeking greater participation in social oversight of their cities’ public policies. This Spotlight on Publications focuses on the use of report cards to assess quality and access in health care services, presenting four different approaches that have been implemented in Latin America.

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31
Jul
2012
BRIEFS

Community Participation in IFI-Funded Development Projects: Latin America’s Experience

Throughout Latin America, citizens are using international financial institutions’ own policies to demand greater participation and accountability in the large-scale development projects that affect their communities. Here is one such story from Mexico.

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23
Jul
2012
BRIEFS

Increasing Citizen Participation in Local Governance: Latin America’s Local Citizen Councils

Since the 1980s, Latin American countries have used local councils formed by citizens and public authorities as an effective mechanism to create citizen participation in designing local development policies and programmes.

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12
Jun
2012
BRIEFS

Citizen Participation in Evaluating Health Services: The Latin American Experience

Citizen and community report cards are being used all over the world to benchmark public service delivery. So how are Latin American countries using the technique to improve health care?

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