Global Participatory Budgeting Hub

The Global PB Hub aims to improve and expand participatory budgeting (PB) around the world by addressing common challenges and opportunities faced by PB implementers and supporters. It coordinates research, shares learning, and develops resources, building on the expertise of the PB community. PBP is incubating the Hub as a new fiscally sponsored initiative.

Background

Over the past 30 years, PB has expanded to more than 7,000 cities across the globe, becoming the most widespread model of participatory democracy. PB leaders have generated a wealth of knowledge and expertise, but these resources are often inaccessible to local implementers and advocates. And despite PB’s global growth, local PB processes still face common challenges: limited guidance for implementers, labor-intensive coordination, empty top-down mandates, and slow implementation of winning projects.

These were the main findings of the PB Exchange, a co-design workshop held in November 2018 that gathered experts and implementers from 21 countries to assess the challenges and opportunities of PB implementation. Based on the recommendations of the PB Exchange participants, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation dedicated a two year grant to launch a global hub to coordinate PB knowledge and peer exchange around the world.

Activities

The Hub is working with the global PB community to map existing knowledge and identify priorities for new PB research and resources. Its initial priorities are to:

  • Establish new communications and governance systems for the global PB community.
  • Create an online library of PB resources and research, to consolidate, organize, and disseminate the most useful PB research, data, tools, and resources in an accessible format.
  • Identify PB research priorities and support new research addressing these priorities.
  • Identify PB implementers' priorities for new resources and tools, and develop and disseminate new tools and resources that address these priorities.

Leadership

The Hub has created a Global PB Support Board and a Global PB Research Board to drive its work and ensure that it is accountable to PB leaders around the world. 

The PB Support Board guides the Hub's work to improve PB practice and impacts. It is responsible for advising on the needs of PB implementers and advocates, deciding on priorities for new PB resources and tools, and supporting the Hub in developing and disseminating resources and tools.

The PB Research Board coordinates global research on PB and its impacts. It is responsible for developing a global PB research agenda and supporting researchers in launching new studies that address research priorities.

To support diverse leadership and equity, half of the board members are women and half are leaders from the Global South. A small staff team carry out and support work prioritized by the global boards. See staff and board lists and bios here.

More Information

For questions or suggestions (including suggestions for resources that the Hub should share), please contact pbhubinfo@participatorybudgeting.org

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