Bulgarian School of Politics (BSoP)
Democracy CityScore will be an annual competition and award for innovative democratic city governance. Based on a CityScore chart, citizens will vote for outstanding achievements of local governments which improve their communities, generate new forms of sharing political power, support civic engagement and broaden the involvement of citizens in decision-making procedures. Winning cities receive a commemorative plaque and will be recognized in a virtual Democracy Hall of Fame (DHF).
Sofia and cities in Bulgaria.
This unique initiative will encourage city administrations, decision-makers and citizens to collaborate and build more democratic, inclusive and open cities. The CityScore chart is easy to replicate and scale up at EU level, making it a European movement for transparent and participatory governance.
Increased visibility of Democracy CityScore; min 35% of BG cities participating / using DCS for city governance.
Refined/expanded competition and selection criteria through citizens input.
Democracy Hall of Fame established as an online hub of best practices.
Other EU countries join the project.
1. A multi-disciplinary group of sociologists, civic leaders, urban planners, digital experts, policymakers, educators, young people will determine the selection criteria for the CityScore (in key areas such as urban planning, public services, citizen participation.)
2. Online platform to rate and vote for a city (awards for 1 small, 1 medium and 1 large city).
3. Award ceremony and a first national annual forum on innovative democratic city governance.
4. Launch the initiative at EU-level.
BSoP is the only NGO that since 2002 trains the political and civic leaders of Bulgaria, with a network of 1000 alumni in the country, the Balkans and North Africa. With this action we continue our efforts for a modern, open governance and shared responsibility for building inclusive societies.
City/municipal governments in Bulgaria, civil society organizations, citizens, young people. We’ll team up with the National Association of Municipalities to reach out to cities and organize the award ceremony and national forum.
Potential partners and collaborators; input to the organization of the competition; ideas for expanding it at EU-level.