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    In Abuja, Nigeria, a new democratic space was created to facilitate dialogue between political leaders in local government and citizens. Through the use of public meetings and a range of media, decision-making processes became more transparent and the scope for trust and mutual respect improved. Most importantly, the efforts contributed...
  • Biobanks are large collections of human biological tissue and there are ethical complications to their use in research. Two deliberative forums were held so that members of the public could consider the ethical and social implications of biobanking and to formulate recommendations for policymakers.
  • Problems and Purpose It’s long been recognized that poorer and otherwise marginalized constituencies lack access to municipal services, and that their populations have lower electoral turnout rates. In response to this long-standing social issue, the Boston City Hall created “City Hall To Go," an initiative seeks to provide mayoral services...
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    In 1998, the Bangladeshi government established two programs to strengthen democratic involvement in the public health system. One program created ten thousand community-managed health clinics while the other involved NGOs in the creation and direction of participatory Health Watch Committees. The lack of legal accountability and authority hindered the effectiveness...
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    The project began with a public campaign called "Visible Candidates" which provided information about the profiles and curricula vitae of the candidates before the 1998 congressional elections. More than a decade after its creation it evolved into a watchdog of all activities related to the Colombian Congress. Its work is...
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