Development Council of the Nationalities and Peoples of Ecuador (CODENPE)

The Council for the Development of Nationalities and Peoples of Ecuador (Span. CODENPE), established in 1988, is a national body for deliberation composed of representatives of indigenous communities, afro-descendants, other traditional peoples of Ecuador and the State. Its main mission is to promote and facilitate the sustainable development of the numerous nationalities and peoples of Ecuador through the formulation of policies, the allocation of resources and dialogue with society. The CODENPE consists of 34 representatives of the nationalities: Awa, Chachi, Épera, Tsachila, Siona, Secoya, Sápara, Shiwiar Andoa, Waorani, Shuar, Achuar, and Kichwa Quijos. Also, within the Nationality Kichwa the following towns are represented: Pasto Natabuela, Karanki, Otavalo, Kayambi, Kitu Kara, Panzaleo, Salasaka, Tomabela, Chibuleo, Kisapincha, Puruwa, Kanari, Saraguro, Paltas, Kichwas of the Amazonia (north and south) and the towns and huancavilcas (a Pre-Columbian indigenous group) coming from Manta. Like other national councils existing before the new constitutional charter, CODENPE was submitted to a transition process to become the "National Council for Equality of Peoples and Nationalities."

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  
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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