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Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) led the design and implementation of a national poverty reduction strategy public engagement process. We offered Canadians multiple ways to share their views, from public town hall events to online discussions, to a youth contest, to an in-depth research project. The engagement process successfully reached thousands of Canadians in a short time frame on a low budget. The plan is now used as a Government of Canada model for effective civic engagement.

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The Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Framework is innovative because it represents a promising practice in the development of a comprehensive policy, program and implementation strategy that was co-developed with the Government of Canada and Indigneous peoples. The document recognizes the value of Indigenous-led, culturally-grounded programs and that supports their health and wellbeing, spiritual, social and educational development, and language and culture.

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Decidim est une plateforme numérique imaginée par la mairie de Barcelone dès 2016 pour créer et coordonner des espaces et des processus participatifs, qui vise à étendre et faciliter l’accès à la participation citoyenne en vue de la co-construction et de la co-production des politiques publiques. Il s’agit d’un projet européen open source : son code est ouvert et libre ; en d’autres termes, tout le monde peut le voir, l’utiliser, le copier ou l’enrichir.

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The United Nations Development Programme Lebanon used WhatsApp to conduct qualitiative surveys to listen to Syrian refugees in Lebanon dealing with conflicts with the local Lebanese community. Using Whatsapp is an effective tool for collecting qualitative data from vulnerable communities at scale. WhatsApp is widely used, with 84% of refugee households in Lebanon on WhatsApp. WhatsApp's voice message function allowed us to send survey questions as voice messages and collect people’s stories directly including from people who are illiterate. 1036 people participated in our survey showing its success as a bottom-up, people-driven method.

 

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The Government of Colombia has developed the Economic Transparency Portal, www.pte.gov.co, a web-based initiative to make visible to the citizens the national and regional public budgets and all public contracting. A strategy was designed with the objective of inviting citizens to carry out social control and oversight of public resources based on the data published on the Portal. Hackathons, rallies and other contests have been held in 2018 in order to achieve feedback and public participation.

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The Free Education platform is an open and collaborative learning space that seeks to awake the interest of Brazilian youth in their personal and professional development. It is a free, open platform, and its practical, interactive content is especially directed at lower income youths (between the ages of 16-24), that have not completed high school and do not have the necessary skills to find employment or interest in continuing their studies through formal education.

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Paseo Bandera is a street in the heart of Santiago that for 5 years was closed for work on the construction of the Santiago new subway line. Because of the closure, it was used for parking and passage of cars all day, being one of the worst streets in terms of quality in the center of the capital. In 2017, it was authorized for 10 months to be pedestrian. With artistic and technological innovation was possible to improve the quality of public space, accessibility, environment and mobility.

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More than 150,000 Togolese have downloaded the SOS Systems application, which helps precisely locate the place of occurrence of a disaster, can identify the health history of an unconscious victim by scanning the QR code of the bracelet, and shares daily health tips and tricks.

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MAGMA Indonesia is an system that streamlines the process of geological hazard mitigation. It raises the bar on the standard of data monitoring and management for Indonesian government agencies. MAGMA digitizes relevant geological data into integrated databases, making them easier to analyze and use. Frequent readings and analytics can now be made ready in an almost-real-time manner. As a public service, MAGMA makes geological hazard mitigation and assessment available for free, anytime and anywhere accessible.

It provides services that may save lives and prevent or mitigate social and economic losses in Indonesia.

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The Michigan Economic Development Corp (MEDC) teamed up with private partner Patronicity to launch a first of its kind crowd-granting program to help create vibrant communities throughout Michigan. The crowdgranting model streamlines the granting process, increases community engagement and results in more sustainable projects that better serve and impact the communities they are within.

Of the 170 completed projects, 165 of them exceeded their crowdfunding goal at a ratio of total private investment per public grant dollars spent of 7:1 , with a revitalizing impact on 774,284 square meters of public space.

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