Urban Alternatives is launched by a collaboration of different actors which are united in their efforts to create a more democratic, just and sustainable world. This map seeks to highlight initiatives that work towards this goal. Proposal for initiatives not listed yet can be made directly on the website. This process is open to new collaborations.


Zagreb je NAŠ!

Citizen Participation Mechanism

What challenges did this initiative look to address?

The Platform’s policy agenda includes promoting participatory democracy and returning decision-making powers to citizens, democratizing public institutions, safeguarding quality public services such as schools and kindergartens and stopping the privatisation of public utilities such as the waste management system. The Platform envisions the future development of Zagreb as a socially just, green and multicultural city and openly endorses Zagreb’s LGBT, migrant, Roma and other minority groups.

What has changed?

In April 2017, the Platform formed a coalition with four left and green parties in Zagreb, creating for the first time an alliance of progressive political organisations in Zagreb. In their very first municipal elections held in Zagreb in May 2017, the coalition won 7,6 % of votes (4 seats) in the Zagreb City Assembly, 21 seats in city districts and also 41 seats in local councils, with many of the elected representatives being young persons who have previously not been engaged in institutional politics.

How did it happen?

Over a hundred people have been involved in creating the underlying principles of the platform’s programs. The tasks were carried out by different thematic groups which then created program priorities on the basis of areas. The program is decentralized, involving professionals, citizens and interested communities in designing proposals and priorities in areas of education and health, traffic, urbanism and economic policies.