Activities

The activities of the Pacific Centre for Participatory Democracy are determined by criteria that consider project alignment with current priorities, prospective partnerships, available resources and consistency with the organisational values and purpose.

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Previous Activities

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PROJECT: Nicole Foss East Coast Speaking Tour 2014

DATE: June 2014

PARTNERS: Gisborne District Council; Napier City Council, The Koanga Institute.

DESCRIPTION: Nicole Foss is a respected Canadian researcher on global energy and finance issues. The PCPD helped organise a speaking tour with public and media engagements in Napier, Wairoa and Gisborne.

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PROJECT: Deepening Democracy via Participatory Budgeting – Giovanni Allegretti National Tour 2012

DATE: 2012

PARTNERS: Center of Social Studies at the University of Coimbra (Portugal), Green Party (NZ), Wellington Regional Council, Wellington City Council, Auckland Council.

DESCRIPTION: From 2001 to 2006, Giovanni Allegretti was Assistant Professor in Town Management at the University of Florence, where he received his PhD in Town and Territorial Planning. Giovanni studied in Brazil, Denmark, and Japan and since 1997 his research has focused on participatory budgets and techniques for citizens’ participation in urban planning, topics on which he has published several articles, essays, and books. He has been scientific director of two EU projects in the field of Participation: “Partecipando” and “INCLUIR – Participatory Budgeting as a tool for fighting social exclusion.” For the World Bank, he works as a resource person in training (South Africa and Senegal) and as an evaluator (Dominican Republic and Congo RDC), and is consultant to the Swedish Associations of Municipality and Regions to support the first experiments of participatory budgeting in Sweden.

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PROJECT: Māori and the United Nations (DVD)

DATE: 2008

PARTNER: Aotearoa Indigenous Rights Trust

DESCRIPTION: The DVD was produced in the lead up to the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and used original footage of UN meetings, interviews with Indigenous peoples including Māori who have participated in the UN as well as UN personnel who work in this area.

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PROJECT: Democracy in the Pacific: Regional Study Session 2006

DATE: 2006

PARTNERS: Department of Internal Affairs – NZAID – The World Bank

DESCRIPTION: A five day study session designed to bring together young leaders from around the South Pacific to deliberate on the nexus between issues of identity, citizenship, globalisation and democracy.

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PROJECT: Youth Participation in Conflict Resolution : Capacity Building Project Phase 2

DATE: 2005-2007

PARTNERS: Youth Action Nepal (YOAC)Te Ora Hou Aotearoa

DESCRIPTION: As part of an on-going capacity-building programme between Youth Action Nepal (YOAC) and Te Ora Hou Aotearoa, PCPD is assisting YOAC with: their involvement with the development of a National Youth Policy for Nepal; a project focused on youth leadership amongst ethnic minorities and women in four districts of Nepal; organisational plannign and institutional strengthening around strategic planning and good governance; the development of a process for designing a 20 year national road-map for democracy, peace and sustainable development in Nepal.

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PROJECT: Changing World Order Lecture Series

DATE: 2006

PARTNERS: Tairawhiti Polytechnic & Gisborne Environment Centre

DESCRIPTION: A three-part lecture series in 2006 designed to stimulate public debate on key issues affecting democratic participation in Aotearoa/NZ. Lectures were presented by: Barry Coates (Executive Director, Oxfam NZ); Dr Jim Veitch (Professor, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington); and Ahmed Zaoui (Algerian refugee).

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PROJECT: Myths of Democracy Lecture Series

DATE: 2005

PARTNERS: Tairāwhiti Polytechnic & Tairāwhiti Environment Centre

DESCRIPTION: A three-part lecture series in 2005 designed to stimulate public debate on key issues affecting democratic participation in Aotearoa/NZ. Lectures were presented by: Nicky Hager (Researcher); Dr Jeff Sluka (Massey University); Gordon Brown (NZ Listener Magazine)Publicity Poster (PDF)

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PROJECT: Youth Participation in Conflict Resolution : Capacity Building Project Phase 1 

DATE: 2004-2005

PARTNERS: Youth Action Nepal (YOAC)Te Ora Hou Aotearoa

DESCRIPTION: As part of an on-going capacity-building programme between Youth Action Nepal (YOAC) and Te Ora Hou, YOAC organised a regional level training programme among students, youth activists and journalists under the title of “Leadership, Human Rights and Conflict Management” on December 22-24, 2004 in Itahari, Sunsari, East Nepal. 28 young participants attended. The workshop was designed to encourage youth to express their voice on human rights and conflict management, develop their leadership skills and identify effective roles at national, community and personal levels. In this regard, this training was conducted with a view to prepare capable human rights activists, communicate information about different dimensions of human rights and prepare a group of people who could speak about human rights even in the present difficult situation of the country.During April 2005 a member of YOAC, Ms Roshni Rai was in Aotearoa/NZ visiting youth development organisations, indigenous peoples groups and government agencies to learn about human rights, youth participation and civil society in Aotearoa/NZ.

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