|Peoples Instruments and Methodologies for Economic Democratisation|
Lessons and experiences of various movements and peoples groups in developing, shaping and using instruments and methodologies for economic democratization are shared in this space. Methodologies and instruments outlined here include: Basic Economic Literacy, Budget Analysis, Social audits & Public hearings, People's Report Cards/opinion polls, Poverty Dialogues, Participatory Budgeting and Planning, Reflect and other Popular conscientisation methods, Assemblies, Community newspapers, radio, and other Public Information methods. Such processes make known various experiences of democratic processes to promote innovation and further efforts, as well as enhance spaces for people to hold governance accountable. In addition, methodologies for developing social bases and cadres, and continued learning and education are also shared.
The focus, here is on popular use and development of methodologies. The more methodologies get refined and technical, the further they move away from peoples reach, and use. Such emphasis on purity, technique and jargon is one reason why much of economic analysis, important as it is, remains outside the knowledge domain of working people and peoples struggles.
Many of the methodologies outlined are what groups have used to progress democratization of economy, policy and society in different parts of the world. Their success lies in reconciling praxis, technology and methodology and placing it in peoples hands.