Information on recent participatory budgeting events in Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries

[Information collected  by Luis Roberto Vera, trainee in the Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS]

The text is available in the PDF format here (PBSpanishPortuguese)

 

Which Spanish/Portuguese speaking countries are running participatory budgeting events?

  2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Spain
Portugal
Brazil
Mexico no data no data no data no data
Guatemala[6]
El Salvador no data no data no data no data no data no data no data no data no data
Honduras no data no data no data no data no data no data no data
Nicaragua no data no data no data no data no data no data
Costa Rica no data no data no data no data
Panamá no data no data no data no data no data no data
Cuba no data no data no data no data no data no data
Dominican Republic no data no data no data no data no data
Colombia no data no data
Venezuela no data no data no data
Ecuador
Peru
Bolivia no data no data no data no data no data no data no data no data no data
Chile no data
Argentina no data no data no data
Paraguay no data no data no data no data no data no data no data
Uruguay no data no data no data no data no data

 

Of all the listed countries, El Salvador applied PB in the early 90s as a series of “post-conflict initiatives seeking to repair societal divisions and build linkages to the state,” utilizing donations from USAID, not local funding[7].

 

Data on what resources (the amount) allocated by citizens in such events

 

  2018
Spain

Madrid

Other regions

 

Around 100 million euros

no data

Portugal 5 million euros
Brazil

Porto Allegre

Santos

Caruaru

Lagoa

 

No data

No data

No data

300,000 euros

Mexico

Guadalajara

 

Mexico City

 

220 million MXN [about 11.6 million USD]

To be determined

Guatemala 7 million GTQ[8] [about 935, 165 USD]
Costa Rica no data
Argentina no data
Dominican Republic no data
Colombia 209,000 million COP [about 7’185,211 USD]
Venezuela* 32’600,000 VEF [around 271 USD]
Ecuador no data
Peru 151’288,245 PEN [around 46’162,582 USD]
Chile 50 million CLP [around 77800 USD]
Uruguay No data

 

How many participatory budgeting events have been held in Spanish/Portuguese speaking countries during recent years? 

  2018 2017 2016
Spain

Madrid[1]

 

Other regions (mainly Andalucía, Murcia and Catalunya

 

1, municipal level

 

At least 2 (Zaragoza, Valladolid) insufficient data

 

1, municipal level

 

19, (approximately)[2]

 

1, municipal level

 

No data

Portugal

(all regions)

80, municipal level

1, national level

50, regional level[3] At least 1 (Braga), insufficient data[4]
Brazil

Porto Allegre

Santos

Caruaru

Lagoa

Other regions

 

 

1, municipal level

1, municipal level

1, municipal level

At least 5

 

Suspension of PB[5]

1, municipal level

1, municipal level

1, municipal level

At least 5

 

1, municipal level

1, municipal level

1, municipal level

1, municipal level

At least 5

Mexico

Guadalajara

 

Mexico City

 

1, municipal level

 

1, city-level (approved). To be implemented in 2019

 

1, municipal level

 

No data

 

1, municipal level

 

[Test period 2015-16]

 

Guatemala At least 3, municipal level At least 1, municipal level At least 3, municipal level
Costa Rica At least 1, municipal level At least 1, regional level (7 towns) At least 1, regional level (7 towns)
Panama No data At least 1, municipal level At least 1, municipal level
Venezuela 4, regional level At least 2, regional level At least 2, regional level
Ecuador At least 2, municipal level At least 1, regional level At least 2, regional level
Peru At least 1, regional level At least 1, regional level At least 3, regional level
Chile 17, municipal level At least 5, municipal level At least 5, municipal level
Argentina

Buenos Aires

Rosario

Casilda

 

No data

1, municipal level

1, municipal level

 

1, municipal level

1, municipal level

No data

 

1, municipal level

1, municipal level

No data

Uruguay

Montevideo

At least 1, municipal level No data At least 1, municipal level
Paraguay No data No data No data

 

It is worth mentioning that while data is scarce, countries like Costa Rica, Paraguay, Ecuador and Peru have implemented PB policies aimed at indigenous peoples, with the intention of including them in decision-making practices, and to revitalize their trust in political institutions.

 

 

 

 

 

[1] Retrieved from: https://www.eldiario.es/madrid/madrilenos-pueden-proyectos-presupuestos-participativos_0_644285695.html

[2] Retrieved from: https://presupuestosparticipativos.com/2017/01/02/los-presupuestos-participativos-en-el-estado-espanol/

[3] Retrieved from: https://opp.gov.pt/winners2017

[4] The site http://www.encuentroiberico.com/ argues that in 2016, Portugal was the European country with most PB events. However, there is no hard data to back the claim.

[5] Retrieved from: https://gauchazh.clicrbs.com.br/porto-alegre/noticia/2017/04/suspensao-das-assembleias-coloca-em-xeque-orcamento-participativo-de-porto-alegre-9762659.html

[6] Retrieved from: https://cerigua.org/article/complace-formulacion-de-presupuesto-participativo/

[7] Blair, Harry (2013). “Participatory budgeting and local governance” in The Imperative of Good Local Governance: Challenges for the Next Decade of Decentralization (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2013), 145-178.

[8] Retrieved from https://www.pressreader.com/guatemala/prensa-libre/20180413/281865824054508

* Developed by donations from the Banesco bank, not public funds.

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