Participatory budgeting (PB) is an innovative way to manage public funds, and to engage people in issues of local government. eGA assists cities and municipalities in developing a PB model, taking into account the context, assumptions and expectations of the municipality and design the processes necessary for its implementation.
The biggest value of this process is that it gives a real meaning to the words ENGAGE and PARTICIPATE for both public authorities and citizens, using learning-by-doing approach. The results are tangible and meaningful. The process also binds communities and individuals with the city, creates a group of active citizens who will also most probably participate in other initiatives of the city. Moreover, the model enables to reorganize the internal decision-making model in cities and create a horizontal body of experts to integrate more the expertise of different departments.
eGA expertise is based on proven practice. In cooperation with e-Governance Academy, Tartu was the first city in Estonia to open up its budgeting process for citizens and experiment with PB in 2013. After a few years, this policy instrument spread all over the country, numbering over 20 municipalities implementing it as of Spring 2018. The spread of PB in Estonia was influenced by the availability of the existing e-tools for local governments that enabled them to conduct online voting on participatory budgeting projects and hence, decreased the costs of implementation.
PB developing and piloting activities are the followings:
- Collecting background information, assessing previous engagement practices, mapping the goals of the municipality
- Developing the model of PB most suitable for the concrete municipality
- Describing the process for its implementation
- Assisting in the preparations and implementations of a pilot project for PB
- Analysing the results of the pilot and putting together a set of recommendations for adjustments (if needed)
Read more about PB in Tartu City here and watch a summary video here:
Participatory budgeting from e-Governance Academy on Vimeo.
Read more about PB in Georgia here and watch a video about the project here:
Implementing participatory budgeting in Georgia from e-Governance Academy on Vimeo.