A participatory process is a sequence of participatory activities (e.g. first filling out a survey, then making proposals, discussing them in face-to-face or virtual meetings, and finally prioritizing them) with the aim of defining and making a decision on a specific topic.
Examples of participatory processes are: a process of electing committee members (where candidatures are first presented, then debated and finally a candidacy is chosen), participatory budgets (where proposals are made, valued economically and voted on with the money available), a strategic planning process, the collaborative drafting of a regulation or norm, the design of an urban space or the production of a public policy plan.
The Urban Agenda (UA) is a strategic urban planning tool to enhance the opportunities and face the challenges posed by growing urbanization.
It is an instrument to achieve the three transformation commitments for sustainable urban development, established in the Quito Declaration (UN Habitat III Conference):
- Social inclusion and poverty eradication.
- Sustainable, inclusive urban prosperity and opportunities for all.
- Resilient and environmentally sustainable urban development.