New Taipei Nominated Finalists Candidacies for 2017 "Best Practice in Citizen Participation&quo
New Taipei City’s Participatory Budgeting (PB) for Disabled Persons Employment Promotion in the Sanxia District garnered special mention for the "Best Practice in Citizen Participation" at the 11th International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) Conference in Montreal, Canada on June 19.
A total of 48 nominations from 24 nations presented candidacy in 2017. The submission of New Taipei was listed as one of the 7 finalists.
The City’s PB initiative is a pioneering work with its unprecedented focus on employment promotion for the disabled population. It is also the first PB case implemented by local governments in Taiwan that received an international honor.
The Commissioner of Labor Affairs Department Cheng-ta Hsieh pointed out this project intended to reach out and to include unemployed workers with disabilities into policy discussion and budget allocation.
Hsieh also indicated that the pilot project was well received by the local disabled groups with a voting rate up to 14 percent. In addition, a total of 2 career rehabilitating packages were carried out. The agency will be expanding the civic engagement approach into promoting employment for senior citizens this year, Hsieh added.
The IOPD was founded in 2001 within the framework of the Decentralized Cooperation Projects of the European Union’s URB-AL Program. It is a network of over 900 cities, associations, organizations and research centers interested in exchanging participatory democracy experiences at a local scale. Its IOPD award is organized annually that seeks to recognize innovative experiences in the field of participatory democracy coordinated by local governments.