Urban Lab Panama
Urban Lab Panama is an initiative that calls for teams of university students or young professionals whose members are involved in different disciplines (urbanism, sociology, and architecture, among others) to address different problems of specific neighborhoods or cities and to envision a comprehensive, innovative and inclusive solution. Each of the proposals received is evaluated and audited by an international jury of specialists and the city authorities. The winning team receives financial support and its members work with specialists from the Inter-American Development Bank and the community in the neighborhood or city where they implement their project.
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
- democratic innovation yields a binding decision