Data

General Issues
Economics
Specific Topics
Budget - Local
Location
Bento Gonçalves
Minas Gerais
Brazil
Links
https://www.spadap.com/data-collection-projects/the-brazilian-participatory-budgeting-census/
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Facilitators
Yes
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Decision Methods
Voting
If Voting
Preferential Voting
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Report
Public Hearings/Meetings
Traditional Media
New Media
Staff
Yes
Volunteers
No

CASE

Participatory Budgeting in Bento Gonçalves, Brazil

First Submitted By paolospada

Most Recent Changes By Jaskiran Gakhal

General Issues
Economics
Specific Topics
Budget - Local
Location
Bento Gonçalves
Minas Gerais
Brazil
Links
https://www.spadap.com/data-collection-projects/the-brazilian-participatory-budgeting-census/
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Facilitators
Yes
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Decision Methods
Voting
If Voting
Preferential Voting
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Report
Public Hearings/Meetings
Traditional Media
New Media
Staff
Yes
Volunteers
No

Bento Gonçalves, Brazil was one of many cities in the country to implement participatory budgeting, to include citizens in democratic deliberation regarding how resources will be distributed.

Note: the following entry is a stub. Please help us complete it.

Problems and Purpose

The participatory budgeting process in Bento Gonçalves, located in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, was initiated in 2009 and it appears to be inactive in 2015. One website mentions that the process was changed in 2012 by having all meetings in just one place. Another website mentions the fact that the number of participants collapsed from 14000 to 2000 in 2013.

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. [1] 

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects 

Analysis and Lessons Learned 

See Also

Participatory Budgeting  

Participatory Budgeting: Porto Alegre 2005-2007 

Participatory Budgeting in Bagé, Brazil  

References

External Links

http://www.spadap.com/data-collection-projects/the-brazilian-participato... [Participatory Budgeting Census 2012]

 [city website provides contact information]

http://www.bentogoncalves.rs.gov.br/antiga/orcamento-participativo-tera-... [website that describes the change in the PB process that occurred in 2012]

http://www.jornalsemanario.com.br/noticia/novo-animo-para-consulta-popular [website that describes the drop in participants in 2013]

Notes

Preparing a write-up of this case will require knowledge of Portuguese & significant primary research (PBcensus 3 - requires significant research). Although there are no existing case studies in English on Bento Gonçalves, the city was surveyed in the Participatory Budgeting Census 2012 (Spada et al. 2012). 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 Rio Grande do Sul https://goo.gl/vdD8pH