Adventures of a foreigner in the south of Brazil.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

UNESCO Best Practices for Human Settlements

I've come across a rather interesting budgeting practice in Porto Alegre, introduced in 1989:

The Experience of the Participative Budget in Porto Alegre (Brazil)

Asking the population to directly decide on a not inconsiderable part of public spending is certainly one of the more innovative budgeting practices I've heard of, and one that cities back in Europe could well use. After all, we pay for that spending. It also happens to be part of the UNHCS Best Practices for Human Settlements.