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3c/2018: Governance and Youth in the Alps
Institutional Innovation and Participatory Democracy
Detailed Description

Young people tend to leave the Alpine space because they lack personal and professional fulfilment. Furthermore, a majority of decision-makers remain unaware of the benefits a young active population brings to society. In cooperation with eight partners from all over the Alps GaYA aims to increase the quality of democratic processes in the Alpine space by enhancing the involvement of young people in regional governance and by developing new approaches for decision makers.

Therefore, new democratic methods are collected throughout the project and made available in order to overcome the challenges of territorial cohesion and participatory involvement of young people in everyday political actions. The implementation of innovative governance forms has great potential for increasing sustainable and fair decision making.

The Institute for Comparative Federalism is leading the Work Package 1 of the project (comparative analysis) and supervises the research activities throughout the project. Given its expertise in the field of participatory democracy, the researchers of the Institute will play an active role also during the training sessions offered to decision-makers in 12 pilot areas.

The project departs from a comparative analysis of democratic innovation and participatory democracy in the Alpine space. In order to effectively compare and foster the exchange of good practices and innovative decision-making methods, GaYA compares study policy-making methods at government, local and national level of all countries within the Alpine space. Based on the findings of the Comparative analysis, a set of trainings and workshops will be conducted with the aim to educate, practice and motivate decision/policy-makers to use innovative democratic methods for involving youth in their Agenda. To provide a starting ground for implementation of selected measures, Local Action Plans of Participation will be developed and compiled into a Participation Toolkit.

Moreover and with the support of the toolkit and the local action plans, selected measures will be implemented in 12 pilot areas. The aim of this implementation phase is to go one step further in the concrete establishment of local participative processes including youth. Decision/policy-makers and local youth together will test and report the implementation of the actions selected from their own local action plan of participation.


  • Strengthening innovative and participatory democracy
  • Involving youth in decision-making processes
  • Increasing national and transnational governance
  • Familiarise youth with complex policies

Project Partners:

  • Agenzia di Sviluppo GAL Genovese (Italy)
  • CIPRA International Lab GmbH (Austria)
  • Jugendinformationszentrum Vorarlberg aha – Tipps & Infos für junge Leute (Austria)
  • Eurac Research (Italy)
  • ALPARC – Alpine Network of Protected Areas (France)
  • Parc naturel régional du Massif des Bauges (France)
  • Municipality of Idrija (Slovenia)
  • Association “Alpine Town of the Year“ (Germany)


Total eligible costs: 1.092.748 EUR
ERDF grant: 928.836 EUR

​Click here to go to the official homepage of GaYA!

Project Output: Democratic Innovation and Participatory Democray in the Alpine Area


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