A citizens' jury can be a good model of participatory decision making that allows the voices of the most marginalised, and yet most affected by development policies, to be heard and included. But to be truly valuable and to ensure that the citizens’ jury succesfully influences policy, it must be set up with painstaking efforts to ensure its integrity, inclusiveness and credibility.
In any given society it is important to ask whose perspectives, knowledge and aspirations are embedded in policies, and whose are excluded. Recognising that policies usually reflect and reinforce the interests of the powerful, citizens’ juries are attempts to foster greater inclusion and democratic pluralism in policy making.
This project page sheds light on the process of policy making and how a citizens’ jury can influence it. It looks at the policy impacts of two citizens’ juries and highlights the factors which enabled civil society empowerment to change policy.