A key element of the consultancy has been a simulation game on civic participation. The tailormade simulation tackles issues of citizen participation, unemployment, gender equality, and waste management. Civil society workers and municipal representatives were trained on how to facilitate the simulation game to conduct local workshops in 10 municipalities of the West Bank, through which participants are capacitated on using digital participation tools to identify the issues faced by the municipality and find innovative solutions for them.
In the second phase, participants of the local workshops were invited to submit their ideas of local initiatives that respond to the challenges identified during the local workshops, 10 of which were chosen to undergo an initiative development process that will equip participants with problem solving skills, and versatile e-participation tools necessary to ensure the digital component in the initiatives. The selected ideas receive a grant to implement pilot initiatives. The consultancy is led by CRISP, funded by INDIGO project by GIZ, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The consultancy aims to improve the competences of citizens in taking part in decision-making processes on municipality level, raise awareness on the possibilities and benefits of using e-participation mechanisms for civic participation and develop and implement pilot initiatives addressing communal needs through civic (e-) participation.