Citizen Participation

by centerfordemocraticsociety

Citizens have a set of rights and responsibilities, including the right to participate in decisions that affect public welfare. In addition to the intrinsic democratic value, participation is an instrumental driver of democratic and socio-economic change, and a fundamental way to empower citizens.

Ensuring that government actually works for the public good requires informed, organized, active and peaceful citizen participation. Citizens must, therefore, understand ideas about citizenship, politics and government. They need knowledge to make decisions about policy choices and the proper use of authority, along with the skills to voice their concerns, act collectively and hold public officials accountable.  

CDS recognize that citizen-centered activism driven by real community needs and desires is a powerful transformative force. Thus, in this program we focus advocating on citizens organizing around their interests and taking actions throughout the political cycle to open, access and occupy political space, emphasizing locally-led, issue-driven approaches.