National Commission for the Study and Prevention of Drug-related Crimes

The National Commission for the Study and Prevention of Drug-related Crimes was created by Law No. 23 of 1986 and its members are the Attorney General of the Nation (who presides it), representatives of six Ministries and three government entities, a representative of the Panamanian White Cross, a representative of the University of Panama and one of the Catholic Church. The purpose of the Commission is to analyze the national situation regarding drug-related crimes. At the same time, it is in charge of the administrative coordination of all the initiatives for the prevention of the foresaid crimes carried out at the governmental level, for which it formulates actions jointly with governmental entities and international organizations seeking to improve prevention mechanisms. Among the Commission?s responsibilities is also the training of Panamanian officials in mechanisms to prevent drug-related crimes.

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
civil society  
democratic innovation yields a 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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