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Smart Citizenship Academy 2019

Cascais | 15th to 18th October 2019
 
 
The Municipality of Cascais and the New School of Business and Economics in Portugal will hold, for the second consecutive year, the Smart Citizenship Academy, a space for reflection, debate and co-creation on more intense ways of living democracy and citizen participation.
 
This year's edition of the Academy has the contributions of a network of international partners, including the World Bank (Moscow, Russian Federation), the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (Washington, United States of America), the Association of Municipalities and Regions of Sweden (Stockholm, Sweden) and the International Observatory for Participatory Democracy (Barcelona, Spain).
In accordance with the last edition, the program provides four days of presentations, debates and group work, which will bring to Cascais some of the most prestigious national and international names in the issues at hand.
 
The first day will focus on the crisis of democracies, which led the organization to invite some experts who will help to understand phenomena such as populism, use of the vote as a "weapon" of retaliation against more traditional political elites, as well as the troubled process of Brexit.
 
The morning of the second day will be dedicated to understanding the potentialities and threats of the new forms of artificial intelligence for democracy, a very current subject and on which there are no certainties nor consensus.
The afternoon of this day will allow participants to opt for two working groups, namely: a) socially inclusive participatory processes, with presentations of practices that have developed specific mechanisms to enhance the involvement of social groups traditionally further from decision-making centres; b) transparency, digital government and citizens' participation in fiscal dynamics at the national level, with some of the best known international practices being presented.
 
The morning of the third day will be dedicated to the first-hand public presentation of the Participatory Budgeting Worldwide Atlas, an ongoing project involving a vast international network of collaborators. The results will be debated by a panel of guests from four continents.
The afternoon of the third day will bring two new working groups, namely: a) the institutionalization of participatory budgeting  - threats and potentialities, with the participation of countries such as Peru and Poland, with legislations dedicated to this topic; b) participation mechanisms by sampling, focused on the presentation of experiences that favour mini-groups or representative methods, as an alternative to initiatives of a universal character.
 
The fourth and last day will be dedicated to youth participation, with the presentation of highly emblematic initiatives that demonstrate the relevance and timeliness of social and political actions promoted by the young.
Given the characteristics and objectives of the event, the organization decided to open a limited number of places, namely fifty, which are filled by order of registration.
 
During the conference traduction will be available for english, spanish and russian
 
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Nova SBE - Campus de Carcavelos
Bloco Santander, rooms 130 e 132.
Rua da Holanda, 1, Carcavelos
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HOTELS WITH DISCOUNT FOR THIS EVENT
Hotel Vila Galé Cascais
130,00€ /night /room (single or double)
Cascais.grupos@vilagale.com
Grupo CMC.SCA

HOTEL EUROSTARS CASCAIS
All information about the discount HERE. Please change pay attention to the arrival and departures date and number of persons per room. The default date is not the one of the conference.

 
PARTNERS
World Bank
Participatory budgeting (PB) is a key component of the World Bank development agenda in Russia. Starting from one region of Stavropol krai in 2007 that has piloted Local Initiatives Support Program (LISP) with technical support for the Bank, today PB is a nation-wide program that covers over 60 percent of Russia regions. Currently, the World Bank support PB in Russian in two ways:  (i) it provides assistance to  regions in the design and implementation of various PB practices (LISP, Citizen-Led Territorial Development Project, School PB) and applying community-participation techniques to involve citizens in decisions on local budget priorities; and (ii) it implements the joint project with the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation (MoF) aimed at scaling up PB in Russia. This is done  through promoting of the most successful regional and international PB models, supporting regional pilots, strengthening the capacity of local stakeholders for implementing PB, setting up institutional infrastructure and a system for information exchange, etc.
 
SALAR
The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions represents the governmental, professional and employer-related interests of Sweden's 290 municipalities and 20 county councils/regions.
SALAR is both an employers’ organisation and an organisation that represents and advocates for local government in Sweden. All municipalities, county councils and regions in Sweden are our members. Membership is voluntary.
Dialogue with citzens:
The Citizens Dialogue Project is built on a dual platform of knowledge outreach projects and developmental projects. 2006 the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) started the Citizens Dialogue Project. The project was the outcome of a convention resolution that SALAR would support Local Authority and County Council efforts to enhance citizen support.
 
IOPD
The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) is a network of over 800 of the world’s towns and cities, associations, organisations and research centres interested in learning about, exchanging impressions and applying participatory democracy experiences at a local scale, for the purpose of extending democratic practices in municipal governments. 
The network was created in 2001 within the framework of the Decentralised Cooperation Projects of the European Union’s URB-AL Programme. Since 2006 the IOPD has been working in collaboration with the World Organisation of United Cities and Local Governments, at the present time contributing to the provision of innovative knowledge at the service of local government in the field of participatory democracy. The IOPD Technical Secretariat is currently under the auspices of the Barcelona City Council, a widely acknowledged international reference in terms of the exchange of participatory democracy experiences aimed at promoting cooperation between local governments throughout the world. 
The IOPD is a worldwide centre of reference for the production ok knowledge (the R&D of Participatory Democracy).
The IOPD is consolidated as a space for the exchange of useful experiences.
The IOPD contributes through all of this production, to the enrichment of the public policies of municipal governments. 
Divisão de Cidadania e Participação
E-mail: cidadania@cm-cascais.pt
Telephone: + 351 214 815 340

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