ten this phase and how to rapidly generalize lower cost alternatives?
A more general question which is raised for possible discussions in the workshops regards the relevance of this approach which could become a backbone of the Convention.
Is this approach relevant, taking into account Governments resistances to effective local democracy?
Will the developped countries support a pro-democracy conditionnality of aid? Is this approach reallistic and feasible?
We argue that such an approach should be firmly supported as it could be a start up for a long term process of bottom up democratization.
Democracy is a necessary component - and condition - of sustainable development.
Lessons from early rise of democracy remind us the basic of an actual grassroot participation.
Let us quote A. de Tocqueville's statement in " On Democracy in America " :
It is the continual action of laws and customs, circumstances and, above all time, that consolidates communal freedom. Of all the nations of the continent of Europe, it may well be said that not a single one of them knows such freedom.....
Noneless, it is in the "commune" that the strength of a free people resides. A nation without communal institutions may give itself a free government, but it will lack the spirit of freedom...
Now take away the strength and independance of the "commune", and you will find nothing but governed men and never citizens."