Participatory budgeting allows all of us to decide how to allocate part of a Council or government budget and creates conversations about prioritising public spending. Thoughts?
Portugal has announced the World’s first nationwide participatory budgeting project, an approach that encourages community ownership of the decision-making process. It’s a very different - and positive - way to manage public funds and to engage people in government. It empowers communities by encouraging people to get involved, take responsibility and work together to create a better community.
There are two great Australian examples of this innovative approach.
Project Robin Hood is a pilot project for the City of Melville. Since 2013 funds have been set aside and the Council has asked community groups and individuals to come up with ideas about what these funds should go towards. Community members then vote for their preferred initiative.
#ChangesCGGcommunity is a project run by the City of Greater Geraldton and Curtin University's Sustainability Policy Institute. This initiative was acknowledged at the International Association for Public Participation Australasia 2014 Core Values Awards.
Have you been involved in a participatory budgeting project? If so, what was your experience?