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City districts plan!

Civic participation Completed
2015-03-01 - 2016-03-31
338 745,75 PLN
304 210,37 PLN
local policies
Project description
In Kraków in the recent years, an increasing interest in city affairs and activism in general has been observed among inhabitants. Since 2012 Kraków was a leader e.g. in protests against ACTA, also Occupation of the Kraków Marketplace was organised, leading to the development of the movement The right to the city, a successful referendum against the Winter Olympics in Kraków was conducted, a marathon of writing comments to the Study on conditions and directions of city space planning was organised. As we noticed, the city inhabitants have been more and more interested in the problems of their neighbourhoods, but still more often are active in matters where they have to fight for their rights than in cooperation.
The aim of the project was to strengthen the role of the city districts in the life of the city through enhanced communication between inhabitants, city officers and city councillors (and in particular, to overcome stereotypes common among inhabitants, city officers and councillors on each other) and to promote several tools for cooperation (local initiatives, strategic plans).
The competencies of 28 city councillors and activists were strengthened during trainings organised under the Academy for Local Initiators. Three District Development Plans were developed, of which two were accepted by district authorities.
Under the Academy for Local Initiators, five workshops and study visits were organised, and their participants were tutored. Under the Participation Support Bank, 21 experts advised 38 persons in 46 matters. We conducted one consultation process concerning planned new park in Zabłocie, and an opinion was prepared on changing traffic organisation in a housing complex in Kraków. As a result of work conducted by Civil District Panels, during eight consultation meetings three District Development Plans were prepared. The Kraków Forum for Participation Practitioners was organised and attended by 89 persons.
The recipients of the project are both experienced and new city activists, city inhabitants interested in their neighbourhoods and local communities, and district councillors willing to be closer to their inhabitants.
The Partner, the Development Department in Kraków City Hall, helped in organising consultation processes, and also consulted the feasibility of Development Plans.
We use the grant for capacity building