The city of Bonn is taking civic participation to the next level – citizens’ involvement in decision-making processes is encouraged and initiated by politicians, administrators and citizens alike. The city provides an online platform which helps citizens to take part in the organisation of their city and influence municipal decisions. A dedicated Advisory Panel on Citizen Participation prepares, implements and reviews participation processes, such as the citizens’ dialogue on the city budget (2019/2020); the Bonn bike dialogue to improve cycling; and a platform for citizens to report concerns, problems and deficiencies in their immediate environment.

By providing transparent information to all citizens about planning and projects in the city, this project facilitates direct citizen participation and takes an inclusive approach to tackling urban issues. Inclusiveness is the focus of the strategy, especially with regards to young people and marginalised groups.

Project owner: Ashok Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn, Germany

(Innovation in Politics Awards Finalist 2018)