Impact of ICTs on Local Democracy : Transparency and Citizen Participation in the Municipality of Peñalolén (Chile)

The municipality of Peñalolén in Santiago, Chile, is characterized by great socioeconomic diversity and strong social networks (clubs for the elderly and young people, sports clubs, labour unions, parents' committees, folk groups). Some 46.8% of the population has access to computers, 25.9% of which use the Internet. The current municipal administration is willing to transform Peñalolén into a model for the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in local government.

This grant will allow a multidisciplinary team from the Faculty of Science and Technology and the School of Government of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez to design and test new approaches to transparency and citizen participation through the application of ICTs. It is expected that the project will yield lessons learned and best practices of use to other municipalities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Start Date

Thursday, April 6, 2006

End Date

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


30 months

IDRC Officer

Ospina, Angelica Valeria

Total funding

CA$ 493,400


Chile, South America, North and Central America


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Samuel Varas


Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

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