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This phase has contributed to enabling the exchange among practitioners in the Global South. 

The project created groups and exchange sessions at diverse schedules that were convenient for all practitioners.  Participants had the opportunity to share, make questions and strengthen their projects in rigorously designed spaces. Diverse initiatives have met to exchange their experiences, best practices, learnings, methodologies, and strategies.




To identify and understand deeply and carefully what are the interests and barriers of practitioners in the field of deliberative democracy in the Global South, through ten focus groups.


10 initiatives related to the quality and inclusiveness of young people and women empowerment.

5 initiatives that combat climate change from alternative, local, solidarity-based and agro-ecological perspectives.

6 initiatives defending human rights, including civic rights

A region interested in deepening the processes of participation, especially of young people and in climate change issues. climate change

18 initiatives related to citizen participation for the quality and inclusiveness of the participation processes of young people and women. 

5 initiatives defending human rights and digital and civic rights.

4 initiatives focused on conflict stabilization and peace-building.

2 initiatives focused on defending rural populations’ rights.

4 initiatives related to civic rights, and religious rights, two of them focused on advocacy from civil society and the other two initiatives on citizen training to improve the quality of participation.

2 initiatives focused on the defense of the rights of rural populations, construction of just climate transitions, agroecology, and food sovereignty

2 initiatives in quality of participation.

2 initiatives in climate change and biodiversity conservation.


The participating organizations stated that they encountered certain barriers to their deliberation processes, such as:

Cultural barriers:

Correspond strictly to the social, environmental, political, security and/or economic environment that may have hindered or determined the development of an initiative.

Organizational barriers:

Those faced by the organization in terms of available internal resources, whether economic, technical, technological or human.

Barriers to convening:

They are understood as those boundaries and biases that limited the type of population that participated in the initiative, ranging from accessibility, dissemination formats, language, logistics, etc. They are restricted only at the moment of defining and channeling the participating population.

Barriers to participation mechanisms:

These are those that condition the right to organize and dialogue, deliberate and influence the management of a public interest. They emphatically address the inclusion of actors, contexts, interests and objectives.

Barriers to decision making.

Among the deliberative processes, it is recognized as the most difficult moment, since the decision-making exercise requires prioritizing and/or discarding arguments and exposed needs, so these barriers address issues of coherence, inclusiveness, controversy closure, among others.

Knowledge management barriers:

Correspond to the management, systematization, analysis and processing of information or collective knowledge of the deliberation process and the communication of results.


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Facilitate the circulation of knowledge about deliberative processes in the Global South.








Design for deliberative democracy

Replicability over time and in other spaces implies an important effort to adequately train trainers and, at the same time, generate informative and educational brochures and documents on the step-by-step deliberation process.

Methods and tools for decision making beyond voting.

The organization of successful elections is considered a sign of democratic vitality. However, in many countries, especially in Africa, voting has its limits and elections are costly in terms of human lives and lead to various forms of violence. There are several ways, outside of elections, in which the people can influence a decision or repeal a law. Some examples are civil disobedience, hunger strikes and peaceful protest marches.

Inclusive outreach for deliberative democracy processes

The organization of successful elections is considered a sign of democratic vitality. However, in many countries, especially in Africa, voting has its limits and elections are costly in terms of human lives and lead to various forms of violence. There are several ways, outside of elections, in which the people can influence a decision or repeal a law. Some examples are civil disobedience, hunger strikes and peaceful protest marches.

Communication for public engagement in deliberative democracy deliberative democracy

A well-developed communication strategy is of great importance for all organizations working in public participation. organizations working in public participation. In this sharing session, many effective many effective communication strategies that can guide organizations in their public participation processes. organizations in their public participation processes.

Deliberation from the south: practices and mechanisms.

In citizen participation spaces, the organizations in charge must focus on strengthening communication, socializing and informing participants prior to the meetings to generate greater interest in participation, but also during and after the meetings, continuing to show the impacts they have achieved for the possibility of replicability.


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activity three



Transfer best practices from practitioners to practitioners in depth. Master classes will take the best of deliberative experiences and teach methodologies, strategies and models to other practitioners from the global south.


This methodology is designed for you to learn and/or strengthen your knowledge, it will be open on our platform. In July stay tuned watch out for our first Demo.Talks.



1. Introduction to deliberative democracy.
Professor: Andre Noel Roth.


2. Barriers to deliberative democracy I – structural factors.
Professor: Maria Paulina Ibarra.


3. Barriers to deliberative democracy II – structural factors.
Professor: Susan Lee.


4. Principles of deliberative democracy i – ¿quién participa? inclusión mediante sorteo cívico.
Professor: Yago Bermejo.


5. Principles of deliberative democracy ii – consensus and decision making.
Professor: Claudia Chwalisz.


6. Deliberation and participatory democracy in latin america.
Professor: Yanina Welp.


7. Democratic innovations in the global south.
Professor: Azucena Morán and Melisa Ross.

Melisa Ross

PhD candidate at the Berlin Graduate School for Social Sciences (BGSS) of Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, and a research fellow of the Healthier Democracies project led by Public Agenda in New York, USA. “My research focuses on the Latin- American left turn, postneoliberalism, citizen participation and democratic innovations”.

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Azucena Morán

Research associate at the Institute for Sustainability Research – Helmholtz Center Potsdam. Her transdisciplinary work explores deliberative and participatory responses to planetary challenges. She serves on the Editorial Board of Participedia and on the Steering Committee on Democratic Innovations of the European Consortium for Policy Research (ECPR).

Yanina Welp

Associate researcher at the Albert Hirschman Center on Democracy, Graduate Institute, Geneva (Switzerland) and editorial coordinator of Agenda Pública. Between 2016 and 2019 she was co-director of the Latin American Zurich Center, at the University of Zurich. She has a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain) and a degree in Political Science and Social Communication Sciences, both from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). She obtained the Habilitation with the Venia Legendi in Latin American Studies from the University of St.Gallen (Switzerland). She is co-founder of the Red de Politólogas. She specializes in the study of political participation, a topic on which she has published books, articles, and book chapters.

Claudia Chwalisz

Claudia is the lead author of the first OECD report on deliberative democracy: Innovative Citizen Participation and New Democratic Institutions: Catching the Deliberative Wave (2020; co-authored with Ieva Cesnulaityte), and she led the development of the OECD Good Practice Principles for Deliberative Processes. She oversaw the development of the OECD Evaluation Guidelines for Representative Deliberative Processes (2021) is the author of a new OECD paper on Eight Ways to Institutionalise Deliberative Democracy (2021). She co-ordinated the OECD Innovative Citizen Participation Network of leading international practitioners, academics, public servants, artists, and designers, and she edited the OECD’s online digest Participo.

Yago Bermejo

Yago has been working on democratic participation projects for more than 10 years. He has experience in facilitation, process design and strategies for the use of democratic digital tools. From 2016 to 2019, he has been responsible for ParticipaLab, a democratic innovation laboratory, at Medialab Prado, in coordination with the Participation Area of the Madrid City Council, in which he has developed numerous projects related to Decide Madrid as well as the design of the Observatory of the City and the G1000 of Madrid, pioneering experiences in the use of lottery and deliberation in Spain.

Susan Lee

Susan is a student and democracy practitioner from Seoul, South Korea. In 2020, she co-founded the World Citizens’ Assembly, a prototype for a global citizen’s assembly based on iterative pilot testing, with Yago Bermejo Abati. In 2021, Deliberativa began co-incubating the Global Assembly, the first sortition-selected global citizens’ assembly in the lead-up to COP26. Deliberativa coordinated the delivery of pilot tests on multilingual virtual deliberation to inform the final Assembly design. As part of the Implementation Circle, Susan supported the recruitment and management of 100+ global partners to implement a decentralized sortition and train local hosts of Assembly participants. In the fall of 2021, she co-designed and implemented the deliberative process and output consolidation methodology. Susan has been the main spokesperson for the GA since the project launched; you can see some of Susan’s media work here and here. Susan is interested in imagining participative models of global governance, decolonizing deliberative democracy, and placing youth at the front of the deliberative wave.

Maria Paulina Ibarra

Executive Director of Fundación Multitudes, a non-profit organization based in Chile. She has global experience in transparency, citizen participation and accountability, having worked with organizations such as Open Government Partnership and the World Bank. She holds a BA in Communication from Marymount University, and an MA in Communication from Georgetown University.

Andre Noel Roth

He is a Political Scientist (1990), Master in Political Science (1994) and Doctor in Economic and Social Sciences, mention in Political Science (1999) from the Université de Genève-Switzerland. He has been professor of public policy analysis in Switzerland and in several universities in Colombia and Latin America. Since 2006, he is a Research Professor (currently tenured) attached to the Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Law, Political and Social Sciences (FDCPyS) of the National University of Colombia, Bogotá. He has held the positions of Coordinator of the Doctorate in Political Studies and International Relations, Director of the journal Ciencia Política, Director of the Instituto de Investigación Socio-jurídica UNIJUS and Vice-Dean of Research and Extension of the FDCPyS. He is also Director of the Research Group “Analysis of Public Policies and Public Management”. Public Policy and Public Management Analysis” (APPGP) (category B Colciencias 2021), Coordinator of the Innovation in Governance Innovation in Governance Laboratory (GobLab) of the FDCPyS, Co-coordinator of the group Comparative Public Policy group of ALACIP and Co-editor of the journal Mundos Plurales (FLACSO-Ecuador). Ecuador). He has published several books and dozens of chapters and articles on public policy and administration. administration.

HUB Eastern Europe

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Regional Leader: Melina Mohoric
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Mosaic. Shaping Ideas into Success Stories.

Mission: Supporting cities, associations, and businesses in transforming ideas into successful projects. Mosaic specializes in participatory budgeting and inclusive work methodologies.
Zagreb: +385 99 536 1054
Dubrovnik:  +385 99 536 1054

Hub of Sub-Saharan Africa

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Regional Leader: Obi Jane

Location: Kaduna, Nigeria
Centre for Peace Advancement and Socio-Economic Development (CPAED)
Mission: Advocating for deliberative democracy, non-violent conflict management, and improving socio-economic conditions of women, youth, and children. 
Building Peace, transforming lives

HUB Southeast Asia and India

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Regional Leader:Sanskriti Menon
Location: India
Organization: Centre for Environment Education (CEE)
Mission: Enhancing understanding of sustainable development. CEE focuses on innovative educational programs, building capacities for sustainable development.
Transforming Education for Sustainable Futuresn 

HUB Latin America

Get to know the Latin America Organizations. 
Resurgentes Regional Leader: 

Mission: Implementing four climate assemblies in vulnerable Latin American cities. 
Consortium Resurgentes is forging alliances for impactful climate change agenda.

Consorcio de Localidades en Acción CILA 

Asuntos de Sur, Argentina
Fundación Ciudadanía Inteligente, Chile
Procomum, Brasil
Extituto de Política Abierta, Colombia

Mission: Promoting collective intelligence on citizen deliberation in Latin America, presenting joint projects for environmental agendas with a gender perspective.


Deliberation is understood as a conversation among diverse actors and with diverse opinions in which space, time, methodologies and procedures are available so that the actors involved can carefully consider the pros and cons of a decision before adopting it, seek the best ways to express their opinions and/or influence the decisions of local authorities on a topic of common interest.


  • The differential of the practices is related in the first place to the specific community origin of those who develop them: Indigenous peoples, LGTBIQ+ Communities, collectives or other forms of association and collaboration between young people, women and social movements.
  • The differential of the practices is related in second place; with the singular forms, procedures, aesthetics and rituals, which have been developed by the communities to carry out conversations, processes of informed decision making and actions of influence on local authorities. In this context, the differential is centered on recognizing and mapping the aspects of each practice: How does the word circulate, what procedures are used to better “understand” the problems among all those involved, what role do bodies, images, symbols, other aesthetics play, how is the memory of what is said constructed, how are spaces distributed so that the conversation is conducive, how is time managed for the conversation, are decisions made, how is the conversation carried out, and how is it carried out?


It is that methodology, process, space and/or tool developed and implemented by communities and civil society organizations with the intention of convening spaces for conversation and decision making on issues of common interest; among community members and/or with local authorities in which it is intended to achieve some kind of collective influence.