Exploring the Challenges of Participatory Budgeting at the Local Level
IRI, Gambia Participates, and People Powered host a conversation on the challenges government officials and civil society faces on the ground when implementing participatory budgeting, and how a single online platform could contribute to solving some of these roadblocks.
In countries facing poverty, corruption, or instability, government decisions are often made far from the public’s eyes, resulting in disenfranchisement and deepening citizen disengagement from local government. Where implemented successfully, participatory budgeting (PB) allows people to work together to identify priority issues for their communities and determine how to best spend public funding by directly deciding over the allocation of a portion of the budget. PB’s implementation, however, is not clear of challenges. Local governments struggle to implement effective PB programs given gaps in capacity, knowledge, and resources, among others.
This session explores the challenges government officials and civil society faces on the ground when implementing PB and how a single online platform – with assimilated PB tools, best practices, and lessons learned from a variety of contexts – could contribute to solving some of these roadblocks.
Program Officer for The Gambia, IRI
Executive Director, Gambia Participates
Executive Director, People Powered
Director for International Relations, Mayor’s Office of Cuenca, Ecuador