Participatory Budget

Author(s)
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives
 
Date
1999
 
Source
 
Abstract
Participatory budgeting is a community-based decision making process in which residents establish criteria for resource allocation, present their priorities regarding government expenditures and ultimately determing the municipal budget. after nearly ten years of sue in Porto alegre, participatory budgeting is key to public management, democratizing the relationship between the government and society and addressing the severe imbalances of wealth distribution reflected in municipal services and infrastructure. The Participatory budget process organizes citizens in Porto alegre into sixteen regional and six thematic assemblies that elect forums and a council. These groups review the previous years' process, select public indicators and critical issues for the city and identify the most important work to be done in each region.
 
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