Innovation and digital technology to re-imagine Participatory Budgeting as a tool for building social resilience
The report advices that the potential of Participatory Budgeting, especially the subsequent downstream benefits that can be generated, remains still unexplored. Participatory Budgeting makes possible the rapid adoption of local actions and the allocation of financial resources that result from the direct interactions between urban dwellers and government. The authors propose innovative ways to engage with Participatory Budgeting as a driver to disseminate relevant information, increase awareness, and mitigate the risks and impacts of natural, health, and economic shocks in a more effective manner. Moreover, the increasing use of digital technologies and platforms, mobile apps, social media, and others, offers immense opportunities for engaging with the different stakeholders, in order to enhance and accelerate the interaction between people and government, influencing decision-making process in a more effective way.
The report offers insights on new inclusive practices and tools, and how the approach to Participatory Budgeting provides a pathway towards improving future social resilience and preparedness for city response and recovery. Participatory Budgeting is as a good governance tool for city leaders, urban managers, practitioners, and other stakeholders.
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