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Participatory Local Government: the experience of Porto Alegre

José Alberto Fogaça de Medeiros, mayor of the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil, will give a public lecture on participatory local government drawing on Porto Alegre's work in this area, on Monday 23 October at LSE.

Mr Fogaça de Medeiros will discuss the participatory experience in the city of Porto Alegre and the concept of local governance as a social network for promoting cooperation between government and civil society. He will introduce the notion of solidarity in governance (governança solidária) and argue that encouraging partnerships and developing autonomy and co-responsibility are key to the construction and consolidation of local development and social inclusion.

José Alberto Fogaça de Medeiros is the mayor of the city of Porto Alegre, southern Brazil, known for its experience of participatory budgeting and hosting the World Social Forum. Before becoming mayor, Mr Fogaça de Medeiros was a member of the Brazilian National Congress, having been an active parliamentarian for 24 years, occupying positions both in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Dr Sandra Jovchelovitch, LSE, will chair this event.

Participatory Local Government: The experience of Porto Alegre is on Monday 23 October 2006 at 5.30 - 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket.

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Posted 16 October 2006

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