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Local level

The local level is of key importance for the weaving of resources, both material and immaterial.

Trust at this level implies:

  • trust in the citizens' own capacity to act;
  • trust in the capacity to interact with institutions (local, regional, national, international);
  • trust in the ability to better connect and understand the current global dynamics;

The local level is the space where responses to urgent or immediate matters can be better woven with a strategic, long term vision of community development. Engaging in local processes of transformation is the best way of asking questions about the global level. Without a good grip of local dynamics there can be little interaction with global issues. As local action is often conditioned by decisions taken at other levels: it’s important to enhance the value of local processes as sources of experience and knowledge to formulate requests for change at other levels. The “character” of a local process results from a combination of actions at different levels: individual, collective, institutional. A strategic view on how to progress towards the well-being of all results from the involvement of all levels. This is why reducing poverty, precariousness and inequalities is a complex process of collective research on an unwasteful/careful/conscious use of resources and on the mobilisation of all the capacities and competences that are present locally. Such optimisation of human ability and imagination also requires knowledge and learning paths from experiences elsewhere.

By contributing to this section you are helping the Council of Europe and the European Commission to reconsider and rethink the ongoing processes going on in your communities and come up with innovative policies. Whether you are a local activist or a public official you are encouraged to share knowledge and experience to help other activists or public servants to generate/foster action in their localities.

ALL examples of Actions and Policies

  • Please note: ACTIONS (in orange) and POLICIES (in green)

Law on participatory democracy in Tuscany

Auteur : Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-10-15 15:00 -

On August 2013, the Toscan Region has adopted a new Law on citizens' participation. It might enable to further develop the processes started in the region with the 2007 Law on participation.


Auteur : Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-10-15 14:41 -

The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) is both an employers’ organisation and an organisation that represents and advocates for local government in Sweden.

Local democracy is the foundation of all its work. SALAR aims to be the arena in which local government policy takes shape. It establishes forums and work methods that develop the commitment, interest and participation of our members and the general public with respect to a wide range of social issues.

Civil movement "Protect Yourself"

Auteur : Maria Jeliazkova - Publié le : 2013-08-16 13:36 -

Citizen initiative against bank policies and privileges set out in legislation, which has been initiated by lawyers working in the public interest and is supported by different civil society structures.

Revitalising Local Community

Auteur : Maria Jeliazkova - Publié le : 2013-08-16 12:23 -

We try to build and revitalise traditional, social and cultural activities of the local community, which today have either been forgotten or lost.

Promotion of social economy and social enterprises

Auteur : Maria Jeliazkova - Publié le : 2013-08-14 12:46 -

The aim of the initiative (and the associated project) is to establish a configuration of social actors to support the creation and adoption of an adequate legal framework for the development of the social economy and social enterprises in the country.

Civil Union for Energy Democracy - Bulgaria (CUED-BG)

Auteur : Maria Jeliazkova - Publié le : 2013-08-14 09:58 -

Creation of a common structure, through which to combine the potential of citizens and experts, as well as the inclusion of the structure in a global network, to help address and solve the problems of growing energy poverty in Bulgaria in the last decade.

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Liège neighborhood Mediation

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-08-12 15:09 -

Neighborhood Mediation is a proximity tool used to pacify conflicts and tensions in Liege’s targeted areas may they be of all kinds (intergenerational/intercultural) and develop mutual respect and self-empowerement of inhabitants.

Frameries Medical House

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-08-12 13:57 -

In Belgium, medical houses are integrated health centres where general practitioners, physiotherapists or nurses organize their work all together to provide first line care in a continuous way. Focus on the unique initiative launched by a local authority in Wallonia (Belgium)

Social Value Policy

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-07-29 19:16 -

A policy to boost the local economy by maximising social value the Birmingham Council require in its procurement strategy.

The local Social Cohesion Plans (PCS)

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-05-13 16:15 -

The Social Cohesion Plans developed in 140 Towns of Wallonia (Belgium) are a transversal planification made out of identified local needs to rebuild and better connect the existing governmental mechanisms (federal, regional, provincial, municipal) around social cohesion and fundamental rights.


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