Citizen Participation University is central to the capacity building of the CALLDE project. Held in the summer of 2011, CPU was a four day event with 50 participants from the Citizens Network and the Combined European Bureau for Social Development.
The education offered through lectures, workshops and exercises was based on the results of the action mapping exercise (CPS). The University focused on better informing participants about the current situation of local democracy and served to jointly prepare training material for citizens and community workers alike. In so doing the University aimed to:
- provide comprehensive and up-to-date information on local democracy and citizen participation as a critical area of democratic consolidation in Central and Eastern Europe through, but not limited to, comparison withWestern Europe;
- create new tools for civil society public outreach, capacity-building and advocacy efforts to strengthen local democracy.
A full summary of CPU 2011 with information on the workshops and exercises carried out is available here (pdf).