The Water Dialogues were held in different municipalities throughout the country in 2016. The objective of this citizen participation initiative was to allow different groups and individuals within civil society to participate in the development of a Law, which would then be presented to the National Congress. This initiative would include new perspectives on water resources management and address issues of social conflict, governance and regulation. The methodology that was used to give rise to the dialogues varied in each city, however, they were normally carried out through working groups, assemblies, and consultations.
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?
- only backed by a governmental program or policy
- Mode of selection of participants
- Type of participants
- citizens civil society private stakeholders
- democratic innovation yields a binding decision