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Jun

Participatory Budgeting: Citizen Participation for Better Public Policies

Author: Janet Oropeza Published by: Fundar, Centro de Análisis e Investigación, and Evidence and Lessons from Latin America Date: 2011 Latin American countries pioneered participatory budgeting – an innovation to let citizens decide how public funds will be spent. First launched in Brazil in 1989, PB is now implemented in more than 2,500 local governments in 15 countries in the region. This brief analyses participatory budgeting experiences in Latin America and the factors underpinning success. Read more

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May

Institutionalising Citizen Participation in Urban Governance

Author: Dr. Kaustuv Kanti Bandyopadhyay, Bhavita Vaishnava Published by: Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) Date: 2013 This brief from PRIA offers interesting insights on citizen participation in urban governance. It analyses the Theory of Change and describes the impacts that citizen participation can have on strengthening local governance. It also describes the challenges that participation mechanisms might face when including citizens in urban governance, as well as several lessons learned on the values and principles of citizen participation and the pre-conditions …

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Apr

Citizen Voice and Action in Uganda. Civic Demand for Better Health and Education Services

This publication describes the experience of World Vision in implementing its social accountability approach in the education and health sector in Uganda. Its approach has resulted in statistically significant reductions in student and teacher absenteeism, improvements in student test scores and enrolment, and improvements in the relationship between citizens and health staff.

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Apr

The Writing on the Wall: RTI comes to Malav

In the Indian state of Gujarat, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and its partner, Nagrik Adhikar Kendra (Citizens' Rights Centre) worked with local public authorities to transform a rural town into a model for the proactive disclosure of information. This short film shows their success in bringing Right to Information to Malav.

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