PB Session at Africities Summit

September 14, 2006

On September 20th in Nairobi there will be a PB session as part of the Africities Summit: "Participatory Budgeting: Building Inclusiveness in Policy Making and Municipal Finance for the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals" For additional information, see the session announcement or contact George Matovu at gmatovu(at)mdpafrica(dot)org(dot)zw About the Author RecentAbout dev_kqmdt7PBP’s Flickr Gallery…

PB in England

September 12, 2006

The PB Unit, a British NGO supported by the Office of the Prime Minister and Oxfam, has recently sent out one of their E-Newsletters that describes, among other things, a couple of PB-like efforts underway in the UK. By going on their site, above, it is possible to sign up for regular E-Newsletters, and to…

Porto Alegre's PB continues to deteriorate

September 8, 2006

A recent story posted on CIDADE’s website gives credence to the notion that Porto Alegre’s PB has not been the same since the PT left power in the city, official versions of events nonwithstanding. It describes chaos and confusion and a constant climate of unproductive conflict at the COP – the highest tier of the…

Our Communities, Our Water

September 8, 2006

A forum on Water Privatization, Our Communities, Our Water: Connecting the Local and The Global will be held at UMASS Amherst on Sept 22-24, organized by Mass Global Action, in partnership with several sponsoring organizations, including Alliance for Democracy. The keynote speaker is Frances Moore Lappe, on Saturday. For the press release, see this link.…

E-Forum on Participation and Social Control in the Management of Water and Sanitation Public Services

September 8, 2006

Participation and Social Control in the Management of Water and Sanitation Public Services September 11 through 29th 2006 Hosted by: CESU and Center for Water Promoted by CGIAB/IC/CONCERTAR At the site: www.aguabolivia.org Background In a continuous effort to create spaces of debate over issues that we consider important, CGIAB CESU/Center for Water are organizing an…

Citizen's Budget Committee in Olympia, Washington

August 20, 2006

The City of Olympia, Washington is organizing a "Budget Ad Hoc Committee" of ordinary city residents that is perhaps a variation of participatory budgeting:http://www.ci.olympia.wa.us/citygovernment/advisory/budgetahc/http://olyblog.net/blog/emmettoconnell/one-week-left-to-apply-to-the-citizens-budget-committee About the Author Recent About dev_kqmdt7 PBP’s Flickr Gallery – October 13, 2015 Research Series: PB in the life of Brian. – September 22, 2015 PB Research Series: A Moment with…

Participatory Budgeting Experiences in Venezuela

August 7, 2006

On July 20-22 there was a conference in Caracas on participatory budgeting experiences in Venezuela, organized by the Centro Internacional Miranda. Some of the powerpoint presentations on the PB processes in different Venezuelan municipalities are now available on the Examples page. A couple observations of interesting techniques used in the Venezuelan PBs: – In Iribarren,…

Shelterforce issue on participatory budgeting in North America

July 15, 2006

The summer issue of Shelterforce magazine has several articles on participatory budgeting experiences and campaigns in North America, and it’s now available online at http://www.nhi.org/ or http://www.nhi.org/online/issues/sf146.html Budgeting for Democracy By Alma B. Couverthie and Marianna Leavy-Sperounis Citizen engagement is changing the way one city develops its budget. Let The People Decide By Josh Lerner…

PB in Montreal

June 25, 2006

An article was recently published in the Montreal Gazette on the PB experiment in one of the city’s boroughs: http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=2e7df5be-8d2b-4bbd-8c9b-cc71e0285169 More information about the PB process is available in French at http://www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/plateau/budgetparticipatif About the Author Recent About dev_kqmdt7 PBP’s Flickr Gallery – October 13, 2015 Research Series: PB in the life of Brian. – September…

PB networking session at WUF

June 20, 2006

There will be a participatory budgeting networking session at the World Urban Forum in Vancouver: Date: Wednesday June 20, 2006. Time: 16:30-18:30 Location: MR 12 Co-organizers: Municipalities of Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre, CIGU from Ecuador and PDM from Harare About the Author Recent About dev_kqmdt7 PBP’s Flickr Gallery – October 13, 2015 Research Series:…

Porto Alegre after the PT

May 26, 2006

Daniel Chavez has written a very insightful piece on the changes in Porto Alegre under the new administration, which has kept the form, but “watered down” the substance of PB. It’s in the most recent Red Pepper. For those who read portuguese, CIDADE has been reporting about the precisely this, and importantly, how civil society…

New Forum in Boston Review

March 29, 2006

The site is finally up, basically functional, if not aesthetically perfect yet.  In the coming days we’ll fix the formatting on the main and subsidiary pages.  Please let us know if you find broken links. Boston Review has just published an essay of mine, The Citizens of Porto Alegre, as part of a symposium on…