Brian Wampler, Professor of Global Studies and Political Science (Boise State University)
Participatory Budgeting is one of the world’s most widely used citizen participation programs. Created in Brazil in the late 1980s, it is now found everywhere from Kenya to Paris to Indonesia to Mexico City. In this brief presentation, Dr. Brian Wampler will discuss PB’s core tenets, key adaptations to internal rules (along time and spatial dimensions), and relevant impact-related findings. PB programs often work better when governments and their civil society allies are able to combine broader democratizing goals with specific project implementation.
Skadi Renooij, Program manager "Democratisation" (Municipality of Amsterdam)
Renske Poelma, Project leader "Neighbourhood Budget South" (Municipality of Amsterdam)
Participatory Budgeting is implemented in the seven districts of the city of Amsterdam as an instrument for its democratisation agenda. In district south the participatory budgeting project called: “Neighbourhood budget South” started in 2020 and is currently running its third year. Program manager Democratisation, Skadi Renooij discusses the motivation to use this instrument and the specific approach used. Project leader Neighbourhood budget South, Renske Thalia Poelma will discuss the case of a specific neighbourhood to highlight how this instrument is implemented, with experiences from the field. A very brief reflection on its successes and shortcomings will surely spark discussion!