Latin American countries pioneered participatory budgeting (PB), an innovative mechanism enabling citizens to decide how public funds will be spent. PB aims to incorporate citizen perspective into budget designation in order to increase public policies’ impact, enhance transparency in budget allocation and execution, comply with citizens’ right to participate in their own governance and create a budgetary culture among citizens. First launched in Brazil in 1989, PB is now implemented in more than 15 countries in the region. This selection highlights some of the latest and most relevant publications on the topic in Latin America, including Country Case Studies, Multi-Country Surveys and Implementation Guides.
FUNDAR. ELLA Spotlight on Knowledge: Spotlight on Publications: Participatory Budgeting. ELLA, Practical Action Consulting, Lima, Peru (2011) 3 pp.