What is it?

The Digital Citizenship Center (CCD) is the outcome of a new concept of smart cities in which technologies are used to improve the neighbourhoods. BUT it is the citizens themselves who make use of them. It’s a collaborative space for providing digital tools that allow a participatory democracy and an intelligent and human city. It’s a collaborative space that tries to develop a relationship between the commune | municipality and the citizens, listening and understanding their priorities.

CDI Portugal started the CCD in Marvila (2015-16), then in São Domingos de Benfica (2016-17) and is currently in Valongo. . Since April 2020, the 3rd Edition of the Valongo Digital Citizenship Center has officially integrated the Switch to Innovation project – outcome of the application carried out to Portugal Social Innovation by CDI Portugal and the City Council of Valongo.

Impact in Valongo DCC

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One of the positives for having participated in this project was to have the possibility of acquiring knowledge, learning and socializing.

CDI Senior Community

I try to be an example to others using what I have learned here: how to change my behavior and share knowledge.

CDI Adult Community

Thanks to this training I managed to get a job.

CDI Youngsters Community - RECODE

I enjoyed talking with other people, discovering new things and learning how not to give up! This year I went back to school, in a course that I am enjoying.

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How to Collaborate?



We value our collaborations and partnerships with companies, foundations, municipalities, that share our vision of developing a more innovative and socially and digitally inclusive Portuguese society.




We provide training for the application of the CDI problem-solving methodology through technology with multiple groups.


Get to know the other DCC’S

The pilot for the Digital Citizenship Centers was conducted in Marvila, as a result of the partnership between Câmara Municipal de Lisboa (Lisbon City Council), Junta de Freguesia de Marvila (parish council) and CDI Portugal. With 20 social action projects, the citizens of Marvila have come together to develop the community! 2015|2016.

Partnership between Câmara Municipal de Lisboa (Lisbon City Council), Junta de Freguesia de São Domingos de Benfica (parish council) and CDI Portugal. 2016|2017.