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Monday, May 11 • 14:00 - 16:00
2B: Beyond 3 Minutes and a Mic: Promoting Meaningful Participation
Limited Capacity seats available

CSOs have important contributions to make to public policy development.  Too often, however, opportunities for input are pro forma and do not result in meaningful CSO participation. In this session, speakers from around the world will share innovative tools to ensure that citizen voices are heard loud and clear, from online consultations in Poland to cross-sector drafting groups in Iraq.

Resource Materials:

  1. Manual on Public Participation in the Law Making Process
  2. Comparative Overview of European Standards and Practices in Regulating Public Participation
  3. Criteria and Procedures for Selection of Civil Society Organizations in Cross-Sector Bodies
  4. Models for Cooperation and Participation on a Local Level: A Comparative Overview
  5. E-democracy and building the Open Parliament | Cristiano Ferri | TEDxLiberdade

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Eszter Markus

Managing Director, European Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Eszter Markus, Managing Director of ECNL, is a public policy and civil society expert. Since 2001 she has been engaged in projects dealing with the legislation of CSOs and building coalitions and networks among nonprofit lawyers and CSOs in Hungary. She was founder and director of... Read More →

Resource People
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Katarzyna Batko-Tołuć

Program Director, Citizens Network Watchdog Poland
Ms. Batko-Tołuć is proud to be one of the developers of a grassroots social movement aiming at transparency of governments and accountability of decision-makers that led to major change in Poland.  In her work, she focuses on preparing on-line and off-line tools to get people... Read More →


Head of GVA office, CIVICUS
Susan Wilding is the Project Manager for the Civic Space Initiative (CSI) at CIVICUS. The CSI aims to promote and expand civic space by fostering an enabling legal environment for civil society organisations. The CSI focuses on civil society legal initiatives at the global, regional... Read More →
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Denisse Miranda

Legal Advisor, Federation of Non-Governmental Organizations for Development of Honduras (FOPRIDEH)
Denisse Miranda is a governance, human rights and culture of peace specialist. She is currently the Governability and Transparency Coordinator of FOPRIDEH, a national federation of Honduras NGOs that promotes an enabling environment for civil society. Denisse has assessed the civil... Read More →
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Alari Rammo

Head of Policy, Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations
Alari Rammo has worked on communications management and policymaking with the Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations (NENO) since 2004. His work at NENO currently focuses mainly on advocacy. He has a degree in journalism, and has held positions at several newspapers and radio... Read More →
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Dana Sofi

Chairman, Reform Institute for Development
Dana Sofi is the Chairman of the Reform Institute for Development, a think tank in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region that focuses on institutional reforms to increase participation in the policy-making process.  From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Sofi was a Member of the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament... Read More →
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Miguel de la Vega

NGO Consultant, Sustenta Ciudadanía
Miguel is a consultant for non-profits based in Mexico City. He has broad experience in institutional development, networking and public policy advocacy. In his daily activities, he combines consultancy services for organizations around the country, with research projects aimed at... Read More →

Monday May 11, 2015 14:00 - 16:00 CEST
Room B2