Community Boards

The Community Boards are collegial participatory bodies that form a network of independent forums. They are integrated by citizens as well as by communities, cooperatives, neighborhood unions, as well as other organizations around the community center. They have the function of influencing the Budget through the development of the Project for the Participatory Budget and the Local Development Plans. For this purpose, they can highlight proposals and carry out community workshops aimed at identifying and prioritizing community demands. The members of the board are elected in community assembly, and are renewed periodically. Since its inception in 1991, they have changed their format. In the beginning, the representatives were chosen by the Mayor, nevertheless in the period 2000-2007 they were selected directly by the citizens.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

embedded in the constitution/legislation 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation

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