Citizen participation in governance at the local level has long been acknowledged to play a role in improving public policies. It is seen as enhancing policies’ responsiveness to the population’s needs and their quality, as citizens make creative and innovative proposals to solve development challenges. Furthermore, these local-level mechanisms create a space for the participation of often marginalised groups, while also supporting democratic deepening overall. In the last two decades, many countries in Latin America have experimented with new mechanisms to foster citizen participation. This spotlight presents summaries of selected publications that analyse the experience of Latin American countries in implementing these participation mechanisms at the local level is presented.
FUNDAR. ELLA Spotlight on Knowledge: Spotlight on Publications: Citizen Participation in Local Governance in Latin America. ELLA, Practical Action Consulting, Lima, Peru (2012) 3 pp.