The Champions of Participation event in May 2007, led by the Institute
of Development Studies (IDS) at Sussex University, brought together 44
people (24 from the UK and 20 from 14 other countries: China,
Philippines, India, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Brazil, Chile, Bosnia,
Spain, Hungary, Bulgaria, Norway, USA) involved in local government to
look at the challenges local governments face in responding to growing
demands for citizen engagement and more participatory forms of
governance. It was sponsored by two UK government departments: the UK
Department for International Development (DFID) and the Department for
Communities and Local Government (CLG). The participants comprised
elected officials; city councillors; local government officials and
other service providers; community activists; workers from local and
national NGOs; academics and representatives of central government.
This report summarises the discussions and debates held over the
five-day period which included a two-day workshop, two days of visiting
sites in the UK of particular interest, and one day of policy dialogue
with UK policymakers in the Department for Communities and Local
Government (CLG) and the Department for International Development
Development Research Centre onCitizenship, Participation andAccountability, 48 pp.
Champions of Participation: Engaging Citizens in Local Governance. International Learning Event Report 31 May - 4 June 2007, UK.