Participatory Budgeting in Alagoinhas, Brazil
- General Issues
- Specific Topics
- Budget - Local
- Scope of Influence
- Start Date
- Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
- Decision Methods
- If Voting
- Preferential Voting
- Communication of Insights & Outcomes
- Public Report
- Public Hearings/Meetings
Since 2001, Alagoinhas has been one of many Brazilian cities to undertake a participatory budgeting initiative, which improves citizen deliberation and civic education.
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Problems and Purpose
The participatory budgeting process in Alagoinhas was initiated in 2001 and appears to be ongoing as of 2015.
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Methods and Tools Used
This initiative is an example of participatory budgeting, an increasingly common method of democratic innovation broadly described as "a decision-making process through which citizens deliberate and negotiate over the distribution of public resources." There are many benefits associated with participatory budgeting including increased civic and democratic education; increased government transparency; and an increased opportunity for participation by historically marginalized populations. 
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Analysis and Lessons Learned
http://www.spadap.com/data-collection-projects/the-brazilian-participato... [Participatory Budgeting Census 2012]
http://www.alagoinhas.ba.gov.br/index.php?link=visualiza_noticia&id_noti... [webpage of the PB process in Portoguese]
Preparing a write-up of this case will require knowledge of Portuguese. Although there are no existing case studies in English on Alagoinhas, the city was surveyed in the Participatory Budgeting Census 2012 (Spada et al.). The link above to an article in Portuguese has enough description to generate a full case for the period 2001-2004. Primary research is needed to cover the other years.
Three other types of cases have been conducted using the information contained in the Participatory Budgeting Census 2012 that are tagged for easier retrieval in the following way:
- PBcensus 1 - complete raw data
- PBcensus 2 - requires phone call
- PBcensus 3 - requires significant research
Lead Image: Participatory Budgeting Brazil https://goo.gl/K6dRRK