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Participatory Budgeting

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people real power over real money. PB started in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1989, PB has spread to over 7,000 cities around the world, and has been used to decide budgets from states, counties, cities, housing authorities, schools, and other institutions. It deepens democracy, builds stronger communities, and creates a more equitable distribution of public resources. Source: The Participatory Budgeting Project

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