The Pacific Centre for Participatory Democracy aims to uphold a set of aspirational principles that govern the priorities and operation of the organisation.
1. Participation: The PCPD exists not to represent the interests of individuals or groups, but to provide accurate, appropriate and accessible information on mechanisms and processes for improving equitable access to and influence on public decision-making;
2. Fairness & Equity: The rights of minority groups and those excluded from representative election processes to fair representation and the protection of basic human rights are intrinsic to the principles of democracy. All citizens have the right to fair representation and full participation in the political, social and economic systems within which they exist;
3. Lawfulness: In general laws made by democratic systems are inherently flawed if they have not been constructed and enacted with the full participation of all people that will be affected by the implementation of those laws. While the laws of states represent a framework within which activities can take place, they usually reflect the priorities of the social groups who dominate and control the economic, political and military apparatus of the state. If a piece of legislation or statute is considered unjust it is moral to break the law, however if it is deemed just then it can be useful to work within the legal framework established in a society as the most commonly accepted set of rules governing activity in that society. This should always be considered in light of lore and customary laws of different cultural groups that have legitimacy within that cultural system but may not necessarily have been adopted by other groups within a wider jurisdiction.
4. Diversity: Diversity and respect for difference is essential to the well-being of human society. The diversity of cultural practices, languages and world-views make infinite and intangible contributions to the breadth and depth of the human condition, the way we relate to one another, how we understand spiritual and metaphysical dimensions and the ways in which we relate to the natural environment.
5. Accountability: PCPD has accountability for its activities to the investors who entrust resources with the organisation to pursue shared goals. Accountability for activities of the organisation should also be expected by the intended beneficiaries of the PCPD – reasonable questions should be asked of people with responsibility for making decisions on the allocation of available resources to identified priorities. Openness, transparency & integrity are all indivisible from the notion of accountability and we are always looking for ways to improve these.
6. Quality: The PCPD is committed to high quality information collection, collation and dissemination. Robust products based on sound evidence and ethical processes including culturally appropriate and participatory approaches to research are essential.