Participatory Budget

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What is Participatory Budgeting?
Participatory budgeting (PB) is a different way to manage public money, and to engage people in government. It is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It enables taxpayers to work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives.

Could we use it in Houston?

The Council District Service Funds program sets aside $11 million – $1 million for each Council District member – to allow Council Members to fast track projects. Approximately $6 million comes from capital monies while the remaining $5 million is pulled from operating funds. Check out this financial dashboard to see how the City is spending this money.Council District Service Funds Dashboard


Promoting Innovation in Civic Engagement: Celebrating Community-Led Participatory Budgeting

HUD – Participatory Budgeting

World Bank – Participatory Budget

World Bank: Participatory Budgeting – An Experience in Good Governance

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The City That Gave Its Residents $3 Million

International Monetary Fund – How the Poor Can Have a Voice in Government Policy

UNICEF: Child Responsive Budgeting – The Case of Trinidad and Tobago

UNICEF – Participatory Budgeting

Youth Lead the Change: Participatory Budgeting Boston

What Happened When the City of Boston Asked Teenagers for Help With the Budget

Rockefeller Foundation – Participatory Budgeting Expands in New York City

World Bank – An Open Discussion on Open Budgets

Texas – Palo Alto College

Participatory Budgeting – St. Louis, Missouri

Huffington Post – It’s Your Money. Where’s Your Say?

Huffington Post – Portugal announces the world’s first nationwide participatory budget

South Seattle Emerald – Project Gives Youth a Voice in City Budget Process

Harvard Kennedy School of Government – Slow Democracy Builds a Better Park

Next City – Participatory Budgeting Reaches Historically Disenfranchised Neighbors

The Nation – Building Student Power Through Participatory Budgeting

The Nation – Participatory Budgeting Hits New York City

World Bank – Citizen Engagement in Kenya: From law to practice

Truth Out – Participatory Budgeting in Action: An Interview With Filmmaker Ines Sommer

Yes Magazine – Nashville Teens Mapped Their Daily Routes—And Got a New Bike Lane as a Result

Power to the people: Helsinki divides up more than €4 million on citizen projects

Pissoirs and public votes: how Paris embraced the participatory budget




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