IOPD develops tools for local governments to strengthen democracy.  They create synergies between stakeholders to improve the quality of the democracy of local governments.

The tools aid in the creation of work groups to cooperate and collaborate on participatory democracy at the local level and recommend policies to public administrations.  They produce and improve the existing knowledge and facilitate the exchange of experience in democratic innovations in all regions of the world.

IOPD also organizes an annual conference where experts and political leaders meet to discuss the state of participatory democracy and to encourage cooperation between cities and international organizations in democratic innovations.