Civil Society Assembly

The Civil Society Assembly was formed by the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (URNG) and the Government, one year before the signing of the Peace Accords, for the development of a peace negotiation agenda. Participants of the Assembly included organized civil society, academic, religious, trade union, popular and human rights organizations, indigenous and women's groups, as well as political parties. Five key themes were discussed during the dialogue process: the resettlement of uprooted populations, the identity and rights of indigenous peoples, the socio-economic and rural situations, the strengthening of civic power and the role of the army, and constitutional reforms and the electoral system. Propolsas emerging from civil society and agreed upon during the Assembly were handed to both parts of the armed conflict, and represented a key element for the negotiations prior to the signing of the peace treaty.

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?

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 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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