What is Participatory Budgeting?
Participatory Budgeting is about giving real people real power over real money.
Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget.
PB started in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1989, as an anti-poverty measure that helped reduce child mortality by nearly 20%. Since then PB has spread to over 7,000 cities around the world, and has been used to decide budgets from states, counties, cities, housing authorities, schools, and other institutions.
Cities like New York, Chicago and Oakland have all used some form of participatory budgeting to shape their city budget. The L.A. REPAIR pilot program dedicates $8.5 million toward participatory budgeting in nine underserved communities. Click here to learn more about how Participatory Budgeting works.