Participatory Community Management Program "Pro Communa"

Within the framework of the Program for Decentralization and Modernization of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, the Participatory Community Management Program "Pro Comuna" was developed, which sought to develop as a consensus the planning, management and presentation of programs at the local level. For this, consultations and neighbor meetings were carried out; also spaces were created to support the formation of community associations, in order to identify the limitations, needs and opportunities of each neighborhood. To determine priorities in local policies, an Honorary Consultation Council was formed with different thematic working groups. This process was one of the innovations selected in the Latin American and Caribbean Good Practices Competition of the Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (HABITAT II), sponsored by Dubai in 2002.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

only backed by a governmental program or policy 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation


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