2021 Award "Best Practice in Citizen Participation"
15th Edition 2021
Supports are subject to the following rules:
- You can support up to 5 proposals.
Bagcilar Citizen Governance Council Project (Bagcilar District, Istanbul)
Bagcilar Citizen Governance Council Project is a governance model implemented by Bağcılar Municipality for the first time in Turkey. The practice is carried out in the form of meeting decision-makers and practitioners and district residents at regular intervals in the district administration and sharing the problems experienced throughout the district with first-hand authorized or relevant decision-makers. In the sharing environment established in the public councils, the local people stand on one side, and the District Mayor, Deputy Mayors and unit directors, District Governor, District Police Director, District National Education Director and Party Representatives are on the other hand.
By eliminating official procedures, petitions, applications, e-mails, messages and similar intermediary instruments, the People's Assemblies are an important opportunity for the residents of the district in order to produce solutions and especially to "make immediate decisions".
The People's Assemblies, which are literally a "governance model", have been implemented in Bağcılar District for many years as a model that demonstrates the fact that the district is managed together with the people and the decisions taken and / or the services to be provided meet in line with mutual consultation and common mind.
Municipalities are obliged to respond faster and more effectively to the problems and demands of the local people compared to the central government. However, the phenomenon of bureaucracy, which is also present in local governments, can turn into a situation that makes the solutions more difficult because of the problems that need to be solved instantaneously or the requests regarding the district that need to be realized, reaching decision makers late. Based on this, the People's Assemblies, in a sense, eliminated methods such as petitions and applications and provided decision-makers with the opportunity to directly intervene in problems.
The following order is applied as the method of implementation in the People's Assemblies.
- Decision makers greet the participants
- Explaining the planned and / or ongoing services related to the place where the Assembly convenes and the main purpose of these services.
- Local people taking the floor and expressing their wishes, complaints and demands.
- Immediate response of the received requests by the relevant institution or unit representative and / or the initiation of the necessary work for a solution
- End of working with wishes.