In partnership with The Hunger Project, the Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF) held a focused group discussion (FGD) in Sofitel attended by representatives from civil society, the academe, the business sector, and national government. The aim of the FGD is to come up with answers to the Participatory Local Democracy Index survey provided by The Hunger Project and, at the same time, tackle issues concerning the democratic practices at the national and local levels.
During the FGD, LOGODEF was privileged to have representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP), the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), and the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP).
The 2014 State of Participatory Democracy Report survey is divided into five main sections, with each having several subheadings: Active Citizenry, Political Decentralization, Administrative Decentralization, Fiscal Decentralization, and Multi-Stakeholder Planning. As the group went through each item of the questionnaire, participants were enthusiastic enough to provide comments and bring up issues they’ve encountered under the current participatory democratic setup, as experienced both at the national and local levels.
The activity served as an auspicious time take a good look at decentralization and the state of local democracy in the country. The reflections of each participant confirmed that there is a lot more to be done and that the stakeholders should be able to engage the policymakers more so that further needed reforms are really given serious attention. The questionnaire raised fundamental questions and even led the resource persons to take a good look at the methodology so that future similar initiatives could be adequately bench-marked. Overall, the activity surely will contribute to the enrichment of the country’s democracy and governance.
Similar efforts were also done in other countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Sierra Leone. For documentation of these FGDs, you may click here for complete details.
For more information on The Hunger Project, click here.