Economic and Social Councils in Brazil
There are dozens of state and city-level economic and social councils in Brazil. This indicates the success of this kind of democratic and participatory initiative in the country.
Alagoas, Bahia, Distrito Federal, Espírito Santo, Paraíba, Paraná, Pernambuco, Piauí and Rio Grande do Sul are some of the states that have adopted this experience. For instance, the Economic and Social Development Council of Distrito Federal, has launched thematic discussion chambers. In the state of Paraná, one of the first to adopt the model, the Economic and Social Development Council was created in 1983.
There are around 40 city councils in Brazil, including in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The City Council of Rio de Janeiro assists in the review and follow-up of the City's Strategic Plan. It consists of citizens who stand out for their knowledge of city-level issues or for their contribution to improving the quality of life in the city.