Participatory Budgeting

Participatory budgeting, pioneered in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1989, directly involves citizens in making decisions on spending and priorities for a defined public budget. It allows them to identify and discuss public spending projects, and gives them the power to make real decisions about how money is used.

Citizen Participation and Accountability

In the development field in recent years, increasing attention has been given to understanding and promoting methods which enable relatively powerless people to hold more powerful people, organisations and institutions to account. Many development practitioners see efforts towards this kind of accountability as having the potential to transform power relations in favour of the less powerful.

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