Democracy is based on accountability and citizen participation. Meetings, forums and petitions provide citizens with an open, democratic, and transparent mechanism to direct issues of concern to their government policymakers.
Taking action is generally a time-consuming and potentially costly process that must be well prepared and well managed. The action taken will depend on the merit of each case, its jurisdiction, and the strengths and weaknesses of the respective parties.
Depending on the action taken, it may call for the involvement of lawyers, experts, other participants and stakeholders and require resources and tools to manage and control the process. Part of strategic planning and action management is awareness of the resources to take successful action.
Various open resources cover the governance and political economy of transformations at the international and domestic levels. They cover the specific roles of legislation, litigation, subnational government and the private sector in these processes.
Petitioning is a long-established fundamental right of the citizen and the only direct means by which governments are asked to take action. Petitions enable the general public to participate in governance by mobilizing mass democratic support for a particular policy or action.
Online petitioning (e-petitioning) is the most accessible way to mobilize large numbers of activists to support a particular cause and enables the public to participate in policymaking processes. It is a central tool to express public sentiment and mobilize large collective actions.
The BuildAction platform facilitates your engagement and interaction with like-minded community stakeholders and the petitioning governmental authorities and public office holders to take action to adapt their policies and strategies to meet their duty of care toward their citizens.