As the first ward-based participatory budgeting experiment in the United States, the Participatory Budgeting Initiative in Chicago's 49th Ward began in November of 2009 with the goal of directly allocating a portion of the Alderman’s capital budget for the 49th Ward by residents. Citizens gathered to discuss, deliberate, and vote into implementation projects totaling $1.3 million dollars. Forming six themed committees of 16-20 residents each, the participants created 36 proposals to better the Ward’s infrastructure.
Desde el Gobierno de Montevideo se lleva adelante, en el marco de una política de modernización y reforma del estado con participación popular, un amplio proceso de descentralización municipal y participación ciudadana en la toma de decisiones locales, creado por 18 gobiernos zonales de acuerdo a los diferentes distritos en que se dividió el departamento de Montevideo. El mismo fue un aporte fundamental a la democratización de la gestión comunal y a la construcción de ciudadanía, creando canales para la participación popular.
The participatory process of Saione “Proposing together, deciding together” (“Proponiamo insieme, decidiamo insieme”) took place in the Saione district of the city of Arezzo, in Tuscany. The process began in 2005 and has been repeated every year since. The main goal of the process has been to involve every family residing within the district to propose solutions about “how to spend public money?” in Saione.
In Recife, Brazil, members of the public have been getting involved since 2001 to help determine how their city develops. Out of a population of 1.6 million people, more than 100,000 adults and young people join local forums or make themselves heard via Internet each year to determine policy making goals, suggest new programs and monitor implementation of municipal activities. The city also organizes forums on specific issues that allow residents to set priorities in 15 different policy making areas such as culture, education, and senior and youth services.