Ágora Challenge Rio

Desafio Ágora Rio (lit. Agora Challenge Rio) was a platform created in 2014 by the municipality of Rio de Janeiro through which the technical bodies of the municipality and the citizens can propose and discuss public policies. The first discussion held by the platform was: "How to increase the legacy of the 2016 Rio Games for the city and the population?" Initially, about 500 proposals were sent to the platform and evaluated by the users themselves. Face-to-face discussion groups were organized to introduce the platform and promote a discussion of the proposals presented among technicians and citizens from different areas of the city of Rio de Janeiro, including Parque de Madureira, Complexo do Alemão, in Cidade de Deus, Ipanema, Centro and Méier in order to increase participation and try to ensure a more inclusive discussion. Approximately 2500 comments and 17 500 evaluations were received during a period of 3 months. In the end, the 25 most voted proposals by users of the platform were delivered to the Mayor Eduardo Paes to evaluate their technical feasibility. Of the 25 proposals submitted, 13 were discarded, 10 were partially incorporated and 3 were fully incorporated into the plan for the municipality of Rio de Janeiro. As a result of this initiative, the city of Rio de Janeiro has announced the creation of the Laboratory of Participation of the Municipality of Rio (LAB.Rio) in order to concentrate the participation initiatives of the city hall. Ágora Rio became one of the projects executed by LAB.Rio. The second edition of Desafio Ágora Rio was focused on the preparation of a Plan for Sustainable Urban Mobility (PMUS). In January 2017, after 3 months of deliberation, 460 proposals were received, 2843 people registered on the platform, 20 000 participated in the discussion which selected 20 proposals to be voted on; the 10 most voted proposals are still under evaluation by the city of Rio de Janeiro.

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
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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