In the current context of economic and political crisis, it is evermore necessary to find new methods of governance, in particular through citizen participation as a new form of governance of basic services. The presentation of case studies during this session will demonstrate participative democracy as an element in reducing the impact of the crisis at local level.
The key results from the 3rd GOLD Report on Decentralisation and Local Democracy will also be presented as a tool for analysis, reflection and advocacy for local governments in order to contribute to the improvement of basic public services.
- Access to basic services: the need to guarantee universal access to basic services, main conclusions of GOLD III
- Urbanisation: the urbanisation process creates tensions in the provision of services while also allowing output at the largest scale.
- Citizen Participation: autonomy, co-responsibly, participative democracy, shared decision making, legitimisation of new public services.
- New actors in the provision of services: public-private partners, citizen associations. Effective managing of public services.