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Democracy Wall

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Facilitators like monitoring the pulse of the events they have been organising and at the same time offering participants a medium where they can share their thoughts, creating opportunities for participatory reflections. This adjusts the flow of action and provides a space to take stock of lessons learnt. In addition, sound practice calls for equal opportunities for all participants to express themselves. A democracy wall is a structured open space where people can post their ideas and opinions. Democracy walls provide a medium for individual participants to express themselves in a free, focused and concise manner. They generate a written, shared pool of reflections which can be used for further participatory analysis; and help obtain on-the-spot feedback during an event and be in the position to rapidly adjust facilitation to emerging realities and changing circumstances.


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When to use

How to use

Typically a democracy wall consists of five large sheets of craft paper each one featuring one of the following introductions to open-ended

  • I discovered that…
  • I noticed that…
  • I felt that…
  • I learnt that…
  • I would like to suggest…

Tips and Lessons Learnt

(add yours)

Examples & Stories

(add your story)

Who can tell me more?

  • (add your name/contact email)


Rambaldi G. 2008. Democracy Walls, Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) 58:134-137; IIED, London, UK. Also available in Frenchand Spanish.
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democracy_wall.txt · Last modified: 2018/07/08 15:18 (external edit)