Rationale - what it means and why it is an important measure
Public participation and involvement are important for local democracy and transparency in decision-making processes. This is also vital for successful LA 21 processes. The number of local NGOs is an indicator of public participation and engagement.
How it is compiled, what data are needed
Number of multi-stakeholder groups engaged in local government per 10,000 people.
Measurements and units
NGOs per 10,000 population (Number per 10,000 population)
Possible temporal and spatial format
graphs, trend charts, tables
Reference to methodology resources
ICLEI, 1998. www.iclei.org/cities21/c21ind.htm
To increase participation and transparency in decision-making processes.
Targets, benchmarks, reference values
No specific targets
References to examples of application
Other comments / background
The genuine involvement of all social groups and broad public participation in decision-making are fundamental prerequisites for the implementation of the objectives, policies and mechanisms in all programme areas of Agenda 21 (UN Agenda 21, Ch.23).