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Participate initiative - challenges and lessons learned

Learn about some of the challenges and lessons drawn from Beyond 2015's Participate initiative.

Lessons learned

Numerous recommendations for policy makers and advocacy groups, on how to include the perspectives of people experiencing poverty and marginalisation in decision-making processes, came out of the Participate workshops. See here.


Some challenges encountered in the implementation of the Participate initiative include:

  • Within the UN, narrow perception of participation as meaning consultations with Member States. True and meaningful participation of civil society has thus been hard to recognise and embed into policy
  • Getting individuals to represent participatory research groups 
  • Getting reports from Members of participate