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The role of local authorities in enabling participatory budgeting practices and projects
The practical organisation of a participatory budgeting activity in an urban context requires specific skills and resources for setting and coordinating a public consultation that involves thousands of participants. Managing a Participatory Budgeting process is a complex task that requires scientific and technical resources that administrative offices are not always equipped with – particularly when the scale of the engaged public authority is small. For this reason many cities delegate Participatory Budgeting processes to third parties, such as sub-contractors and providers of services, resulting in significant consequences on the overall political and financial balance of the whole process.
The complexity of managing Participatory Budgeting processes has increased in recent years as a result of growing digitization phenomena. While on one hand the aforesaid simplifies Public Administrations’ internal management procedures, it also encourages resorting to third parties for acquiring new sets of specialised skills and services.
Knowledgeable scholars will guide us through:
- The definition of theoretical management models for PB
- The analysis of main costs and services associated to the delivery of a PB process
- The description of potential contractual models and insights into the configuration of relations between public authorities and third parties
- The analysis of the possible issues related to the externalisation of PB management
- The role of supra-local institutions in activating and consolidating local processes
- This webinar will analyse existing models for managing Participatory Budgeting processes.
A detailed agenda will successively be circulated to all participants.
On Tuesday 30 January 2018, two GIS experts from the city of Bratislava were crossing the corridors of different buildings of the municipality of Reykjavik. Their presence in the premises of the Icelandic capital’s administration was related to a peer-learning visit organised under the Green Digital Charter initiative.
Focus of this second GDC work-shadowing visit was on citizen participation in local decision-making and how ICT can support democratic deliberation and participatory budgeting.
Reykjavik was awarded runner-up for the GDC 2016 Award in the category ‘citizen participation & impact on society’ [more info].
The project has also been presented in the course of a webinar [watch the recording here].
On the agenda
In the morning, visitors were welcomed with an introduction and overview of public participation projects in Reykjavik, followed by a detailed presentation of the processes, design and executions of projects under the umbrella of ‘My Neighbourhood‘ participatory budgeting project, managed by the non-for-profit Citizens Foundation. The afternoon was dedicated to the implementation of projects with citizens, service centres, neighbourhood councils. An additional meeting was organised on the following day to deepen some topics.
Spotted by Bratislava in the 2016 edition of GDC case-studies, ‘Better Reykjavik‘ is an online consultation platform connecting the city administration with its citizens. Learning from Reykjavik’s participatory budgeting tool was seen as an opportunity for Bratislava to better connect with its citizens, in particular when managing green areas and transportations, road services and city planning.
In view of the upcoming one-year anniversary of the Inclusive Smart Cities Manifesto, the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) is organising a series of three webinars to get citizens involved in smart city planning.
#1: Collaborative platforms to enable participatory budgeting initiatives
Wed. 06 December 2017, 12:30-14:30 (CET)
In March 2017, EUROCITIES’ Green Digital Charter and Sharing Cities ‘lighthouse’ programme showcased the approach followed by the cities of Reykjavik and Milan. Watch the recording at http://bit.ly/2mcJf4X.
About participatory budgeting
Participatory budgeting (PB) platforms can be considered as a subset of a larger category of collaborative platforms for social innovations developed and diffused during the last years. Throughthout this session, we will be specifically focusing on platforms and tools purposefully designed for the management of PB processes. Practical cases will be presented, as outlined in the agenda (EIP-SCC Citizen Focus AC webinar_PB first webinar_v04).
More info on participatory budgeting for inclusive smart cities and communities here.
Webinar 2 will be launched in early 2018 targeting the role of city representatives, local authorities and policy-makers in participatory budgeting.
Webinar 3 (planned for spring 2018) will conclude the series with focus on best practices with an overview of strenghts and areas for improvement.
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