Fostering Citizen Participation in the Development of Legislation

Authored by: Jessica Gomez and Carla Koppell

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Political Transitions
Country: Rwanda
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2008
Citation: Gomez, Jessica and Carla Koppell. Fostering Citizen Participation in the Development of Legislation. Washington, DC: Inclusive Security, 2008.

Access the Resource:


Participatory processes are critical to improving governance in post-conflict countries. Involving the public in creating legislation increases a government’s legitimacy and the likelihood that nascent democracies remain stable and continue to develop. Yet post-conflict societies, especially those unaccustomed to democracy, require extra support to open legislative and other policymaking processes. Part of a series that builds on a three-year field program on the role of women in Rwanda, this policy brief provides policymakers, donors, and program planners with strategies for the consolidation of democracy in post-conflict societies.