Democratic Dialogue

TitleDemocratic Dialogue
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleA Handbook for Practitioners
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsPruitt, B, Thomas, P, Ängeby, M, Pinto, ED, Käufer, K
Number of Pages262 pp.
PublisherCanadian International Development Agency (CIDA), International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), Organisation of American States (OAS) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
ISBN Number978-91-85391-94-3
Accession Number1292

This Handbook, sponsored jointly by International IDEA, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), offers a comprehensive overview of the use of dialogue processes to address societal challenges in an inclusive, democratic way that engages a broad range of actors in bringing about positive change. It is addressed to people actively or potentially engaged in doing dialogue work - organizing, sponsoring, promoting, or facilitating dialogue processes within their institutions and societies. Most importantly, it is thoroughly grounded in the experience of dialogue practitioners from around the world.

The Handbook provides a conceptual framework that speaks to critical questions: 'Why dialogue?', 'What is dialogue?' and 'How does dialogue contribute to positive change?'. It offers a detailed guide to putting these concepts into practice, offering practical guidance and concrete examples from the field for each step: exploring whether a dialogue process is appropriate in the context; designing and then implementing a dialogue process; and conducting a meaningful process of monitoring and evaluation throughout. A third major part of the book anchors all of this information in the reality of three fully developed case studies showing different approaches in different regions - Latin America, Africa and Asia. In two appendices, the Handbook also provides a comparative overview of more than 30 cases and a guide to the rich array of dialogue processes and process tools that practitioners can consider for use, or just for inspiration.

The handbook can be downloaded in .pdf-format in English, French and Spanish (see link below).

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