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Online Participatory Budgeting
May 10, 2013 Travis C5

Online, participatory budgeting is an idea for a smarter city. Participatory budgeting through local meetings was first started in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1989 to address inequality and to show transparency at the local government. One-third of the city had a lack of access to health care facilities, school, sanitation and water. There has since been shown an increase in schooling and access to social programs. More than 140 of the 5,571 municipalities in Brazil have started to use this participatory democracy. Participatory budgeting has expanded in Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. It is estimated that more than 1200 municipalities have initiated participatory budgeting worldwide.
The involvement of people in the process helps everyone to understand the issues. A website and/or app with local polls can help policy makers to understand what is important. The local population’s priorities can be analyzed and implemented in public financing.

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