Participatory Budgeting: Democracy in Action

Participatory budgeting is the process by which citizens deliberate and negotiate the distribution of public resources. At a recent event hosted by the Global Partnership for Social Accountability, panelists shared information about the growth of participatory budgeting in North America and beyond, highlighting the benefits and challenges of the practice and opportunities that exist to improve participatory budgeting in the future.
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The Rise of the Activist Auditor

Nearly every country in the world has a functional supreme audit institution that is mandated with checking whether public funds are being managed properly and in line with sound financial management practices. However, audit reports seldom receive the level of popular scrutiny that they deserve. Fortunately, supreme audit institutions are increasingly recognizing the need to engage with citizens, which has the potential to transform the way in which the public views their work.
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Budgeting for Decent Sanitation in South African Townships

For the Social Justice Coalition, budget work is an important advocacy tactic in fighting for decent sanitation for informal settlement dwellers in Cape Town, South Africa. Their approach illustrates how the budget process can be used as a tool shift political dynamics and build power in poor and working class communities.
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