Participatory Budgeting. In this session we are going to. Learn about what participatory budgeting (PB) is Explore why PB is used in hundreds of cities across the world Learn about the PB model used in Porto Alegre, Brazil Discuss the budgeting processes currently used in your municipality
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Participatory budgeting is a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making, where ordinary community members decide how to allocate part of a public budget through a series of local assemblies and meetings.
It usually features:
Participatory budgeting can lead to:
1.5 million people
Area 476 km2
GDP $US 8 billion.
Total budget of the Porto Alegre City Hall $US1.6 billion.
Illiteracy rate of 3.4%;
Infant mortality of 14.4 deaths per 1000 births
17% of houses are in illegal settlements.
The PB process also looks at budget requests across six city-wide themes:
Each assembly is usually attended by 500 - 1000 people.
Four main items are on the agenda :
Economic development, taxation and tourism Health
Social assistance Culture
Education (including childcare) Public lighting
Basic sanitation , sewerage and drainage Tourism
Environmental health Sport and leisure
Accessibility and urban mobility Recreation areas
Circulation and transport
Each 10 participants at an Assembly entitle the region or theme to one delegate.