Sustainable Cities/Territories and Participatory Democracy Conference - Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

Wednesday, 20 October, 2021 (All day) to Friday, 22 October, 2021 (All day)
Côte d'Ivoire Time
Wednesday, 25 August, 2021

Sustainable Cities/Territories and Participatory Democracy Conference - Cocody, Côte d'Ivoire 

Dates: 20-22 October 2021 | Register here

The various frameworks for public action, the resolutions, and manifestos adopted by cities place participatory democracy at the heart of all strategies that bring about lasting positive change for cities, human settlements, and their inhabitants.

For their part, citizens wish to be more involved in decision-making relating to the definition of their local or national development agendas. They are keen to be heard, informed, and to participate in shaping their living environment. From this point of view, expectations can be summed up with the following points:

  • Citizens constitute a civil society that participates, engages, and has the power to act from the initial diagnosis to the final evaluation.
  • Local governments are no longer the only decision-makers and must promote and account for participation and contributions from all stakeholders to build a sustainable and resilient city.
  • National, international and private sector actors also fall within the scope of participation at the local level (international and national benchmarks, legislation, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, etc.).

Key themes include:

  • Local economic development: Mobilize knowledge to design a model of adaptation measures against Covid in communal contexts
  • Environment and citizen participation: Analyse the initiatives of the actions of public hygiene promotion and the ownership of the ecological transition
  • The Right to the City: Analyse social, spatial and structural inequalities in urban areas
  • Governance and participative democracy: Analyse management initiatives including gender and community models with living environment management models

Learn more about the agenda and the conference here: