Contact

maszglos@batory.org.pl
Joanna Załuska,
Program Director
phone: |+48| 22 536 02 76
Katarzyna Rakowska
phone: |+48| 22 536 02 31

See also

Your Vote, Your Choice action

Since 2006, together with the School of Leaders Association, we have been organizing nationwide Your Vote Your Choice action aimed at initiating and promoting cooperation between residents and local authorities in solving local problems and to reinforce a sense of joint responsibility for the election promises and decisions made on the election day. Each year we invite non-governmental organizations and informal groups from all over Poland offering them help and support in implementing project serving improved public participation, building dialogue between community members and their representatives in local government and integrating local communities around solving their community problems. The action is open to any organization or informal group as well as libraries, schools, and other institutions which register at the portal www.maszglos.pl and make a commitment to implement a set of tasks aimed at mobilizing civic participation. All registered participants are offered substantive support, which includes a cycle of workshops, individual consultations and expert advice, instruction and promotional materials as well as information and experience sharing through the project’s website.

The action carried out in 2006-2010 (term of office of local governments elected in 2006) involved ca. 1200 NGOs, informal groups, libraries, schools and newspapers from 529 communities all over Poland. Participants conducted more than 3,260 various activities, including but limited to 988 debates between community members and local officials and 729 local voter turnout promotion campaigns. Workshops and meetings held by School of Leaders Association were attended by 1056 individuals from 500 organizations. Campaign participants received 188 micro-grants totaling PLN 400,110 to help implement some of the activities.
 
In 2013, we are continuing the next phase of the action scheduled for 2011-2014 (terms of office of new local governments). This time we are focusing on promoting measures that help create a dialogue between local community members and local officials, include citizens in local issues and improve communication at the local level. We welcome the participation of non-governmental organizations, local groups, schools, libraries, community centers and media and, of course local governments. The participants are offered six scenarios of activities that would contribute to joint decision-making process between residents and local authorities: managing selected public spaces; deciding how to allocate the municipal cork or sports funds; introducing a system of reporting local problems to relevant authorities; and ensuring information flow between residents and local authorities.
 
All participants are offered substantive support, which includes a cycle of workshops, individual consultations and expert advice, instruction and promotional materials as well as information and experience sharing through the project’s website. We also facilitate contacts with local authorities and media, help the participants in promotion activities, provide consultation on the scope of local authorities’ powers and legal regulations. Our partners provide mentoring on how to conduct activities, engage residents and encourage local authorities to cooperation.
 
Participants who are most effective in facilitating cooperation of residents and local authorities compete for the Super Local Government award.


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