In the last two decades, Latin American countries have implemented
participatory budgeting (PB) as a way to incorporate citizen perspective
into budget designation, in order to increase public policies’ impact,
enhance budget transparency and comply with citizens’ right to
participate in their own governance. The Latin American experience shows
that PB can achieve these impacts, but that certain conditions make
success more likely. This brief analyses the region’s PB experiences and
outcomes, and the factors underpinning success, all with an eye towards
offering useful lessons for South Asian and Sub-Saharan African
- PB can improve public policy impact and benefit poorer and more
vulnerable groups by making budget allocations better reflect
citizens' social priorities and needs.
- However, to increase the likelihood of success, efforts should be made
-Push for a context in which the government is accountable,
transparent and recognises citizens' right to participate;
-Ensure PB design is flexible and tailored to the local context;
-Strengthen governments' and participants' technical capacity and
interest in participating.
Oropeza, J. ELLA Policy Brief: Participatory Budgeting: Citizen Participation for Better Public Policies. ELLA, Practical Action Consulting, Lima, Peru (2011) 5 pp.