Social Observatory of Decentralization (OSD)

The Social Observatory of Decentralization (Span. OSD) emerged as an initiative of the Federation of Non-Governmental Organizations for the Development of Honduras (Span. FOPRIDEH) that started in May 2012. The project seeks to be an instrument at the service of Honduran society to observe and influence public policies and regulatory frameworks related to the decentralization of the state and municipal autonomy. In sum, the Observatory seeks to provide information that allows the people in charge of the processes mentioned above to advocate for specific public policies and legislative debates. In addition to teaching and researching, the Observatory also carries out forums to debate its ideas with authorities and citizens. The Observatory was an active participant in the drafting of the State Decentralization Law, which was adopted in 2016.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

not backed by constitution nor legislation, nor by any governmental policy or program 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
citizens civil society  
democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation


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