Promote the development of mechanisms of participatory democracy at the local level is the goal of Network of Participative Authorities (NPA) recently created by various public and private entities.
The NPA came under the project "Portugal participates - Paths to Societal Innovation " and had its start in the 1st Portugal Participates Conference, at December 3, 2014, through the workshop " Network of Participative Authorities: the start of a process" .
At the site of the network on the internet is that it intends to assert itself as a collaborative structure that brings together all the Portuguese authorities committed to the development of participatory democracy at the local level, with the involvement of elected, technicians and citizens.
The objectives of this initiative, is also facilitate the exchange of experiences, promote the training of the various actors, create an updated information system and strengthen transparent public management.
For 2015 is expected to be signed a Collaboration Protocol by the authorities wishing to join formally the NPA without a defined date yet. However, the accession process will be permanently open to new members interested in joining the network.
The initiative is coordinated by the Association In Loco and it has as partner organizations the Social Studies Center at the University of Coimbra Municipalities of Cascais, Odemira and Porto. It is supported by the program "Active Citizenship", managed by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
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