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Established in 1989, the Porte Alegre PB program was the first in the world. Its success has inspired countless similar projects both in Brazil and around the globe. Porto Alegre's process involves an estimated 50,000 people annually who decide as much as 20 percent of the city's budget.

Participatory Budgeting: A School for Citizenship

Jockeying to get funds for a neighborhood playground or clinic is nothing new. But in the absence of an organized procedure, cities tend to respond to the loudest and most organized groups, often a community where people have education, steady jobs and time to lobby. Read more →

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