Democratic dialogue strengthens democratic institutions by providing citizens with the opportunity to voice their concerns, needs and interests—especially people who are normally disempowered from expressing themselves.

Democratic Dialogue: A Handbook for Practitioners aims to provide decision-makers, dialogue promoters and practitioners with a practical guide on how to organize, facilitate and assess dialogue processes. It combines conceptual and practical knowledge, while providing practitioners with an extensive repertoire of relevant tools, experiences and approaches adapted to the issue at stake, the local context and the stakeholders involved.

More than a compilation of techniques, the Handbook provides the reader with a ‘how-to’ guide to organize a tailor-made dialogue from assessment to evaluation.


Publication date
26 March 2007
Bettye Pruitt, Philip Thomas
Number of pages
United Nations Development Programme, Organization of American States
978-91-85391-94-3 (Print)





Acronyms and Abbreviations


Part 1: The Conceptual Framework

1.1. Introduction

1.2. The Need for Dialogue

1.3. Defining Dialogue

1.4. How Dialogue Contributes to Change

Part 2: Putting Concepts into Practice

2.1. Introduction

2.2. Exploring the Possibility for Dialogue

2.3. Designing the Dialogue Process

2.4. Implementation

2.5. Monitoring and Evaluation

2.6. Dilemmas and Challenges

Part 3: Applications

3.1. Introduction

3.2. Dialogue on Peaceful Coexistence, Guatemala

3.3. Dialogue on the Millennium Development Goals, Mauritania

3.4. Dialogue on a Constitutional Process, Nepal

Appendix 1: Overview of Dialogue Initiatives

Appendix 2: Process Options and Process Tools: An Overview


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