LogoLink is a global network of practitioners from civil society organisations, research institutions and governments. The network aims to deepen democracy through greater citizen participation in local governance. LogoLink encourages learning from field-based innovations and expressions of democracy which contribute to social justice.

Purposes and values

To a large extent strengthening local governance is about improving relationships between those who govern and those who are governed. LogoLink is interested in making these relationships more participatory and inclusive so that governments can become more responsive and accountable towards the needs and concerns of citizens.

Principal aims

The principal aims of the LogoLink learning network are to:

  • Create spaces for reflection, learning and exchange among and between partners.
  • Focus on field-based innovations and expressions of democracy which contribute to social justice.
  • Contribute to making relationships between citizens and governments more participatory and inclusive.

Funding and partnerships

LogoLink receives its core funding and support from the Ford Foundation. The LogoLink Coordination Unit is based at at the Instituto de Estudos, Formação e Assessoria em Políticas Sociais (POLIS), in Brazil. LogoLink’s Coordination Unit works closely with partners in different regions of the world, including the Instituto Polis in Brazil; Grupo Nacional de Trabajo para la Participación in Bolivia; the Institute for Popular Democracy in the Philippines; the Society for Participatory Research in Asia, in India; DENIVA, in Uganda; the Foundation for Contemporary Research, in South Africa; and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, in the US.

Key contacts

John Gaventa

Research Fellow and Director, Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) programme

Project details

start date
16 February 2000
end date
1 November 2009


Supported by
Ford Foundation

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