Forums "Let's Talk about Municipal Reform"
"Let's Talk about Municipal Reform" is the name of a series of public consultations held at the beginning of 2016, as part of the work for the National Development Agenda 2030 and in line with the Dominican Constitution, Law 176-07 of the National District and Municipalities of 2007 and according to Decree 85-12 of the Municipal Reform 2015 (Decree 85-12 on the creation of a Presidential Commission). The objective was to include various stakeholders in the deliberation process to identify the preferences of the public and their interests in the subsequent municipal reform. The meetings were mainly designed to create an open space for dialogue and the exchange of ideas for sustainable municipal reform. Topics such as transparency, territorial ordering and financial autonomy as well as taxes were discussed. The meetings were coordinated by the Municipal Reform Commission, the Ministry of Public Administration and the Support Program for Civil Society and Local Authorities. Four meetings were planned starting in April 2016: one in the National District and one in each of the northern, southern and eastern regions.
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
- Democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision