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Public participation is the engagement by individuals and NGOs with the decision-making structures in society. Effective public participation is critical to improving the quality of governance and gives those likely to be affected by decisions the right to be involved in the decision-making process . However, poorly facilitated public participation can have the opposite effect of disenfranchising affected persons and preventing the transfer of helpful information to the decision-making authority.
This guidance note:
This note represents an introduction to the issues set out above – a more detailed guidance note can be found here.