The Institute for development of Participatory Democracy (IDEPA), is a non governmental initiative that encourage values, tools and practices in order to promote community organization, direct democracy and human scale development through Political Formation, Technical Training, Investigation-Action, Public Incidence and International Cooperation, since 1998.
"Our vision is a society where all people
decide all the important issues in the community life. "
On the way to that horizon, we promote education, training, public debate and we disseminate direct mechanisms, tools and institutions in decision-making processes in public policies, especially at the local level; We work to strengthen municipal governments and civil society organizations and help dialogue spaces between local government actors and civil society; We stimulate the active participation of youth and promote the political training and formation of people to lead processes of local, regional and global change, with a gender perspective, respect for diversity and protection of the environment.
Since 1998 we have carried out around 350 political education and training activities in almost the entire Argentine Republic, registered in photographic support, such as news in the press, in videos, and in registration forms and evaluations of the participants. These activities in workshop format were organized in alliance with Municipalities, Civil Society Organizations and Youth of Political Parties, in which more than 4,000 people participated.
OUR FOCUS: HUMAN SCALE DEVELOPMENT
The theory of Human Scale Development was born in the 80s from the work of three Chilean Latin American intellectuals: Manfred Max Neef, economist, Antonio Elizalde, Sociologist and with a lesser degree of intervention Martín Hoppoenhayn, philosopher.
The "human scale" is a term used to refer to a factor that takes people as the primary measure of development and partnership. This approach assigns a leading role to the human being and his potentials and capabilities, as a promoter of local, regional and global development, in which the State acts as a stimulator of creative solutions arising from all spaces, which emerge from the bottom up. Human needs, self-dependence and organic articulations are the fundamental pillars that support Development on a Human Scale.
But to serve their sustaining purpose they must, in turn, rest on a solid foundation. This base is built from the real protagonism of people, as a consequence of privileging both diversity and autonomy of spaces in which protagonism is really possible.
Libro "Desarrollo a Escala Humana: Una Opción para el Futuro"
Since the beginning of our activities in 1998, we have participated in various associative and cooperative networks of civil society organizations and local governments, whether regional or global, that promote human rights, social participation, and especially Latin American integration.