Syed Kausar Abbas is the Senior Advocacy & Training Officer of the Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) in Pakistan. As part of an international exchange programm he lived and worked in Bonn for several months. For Buergerhaushalt.org, he describes the work of his organization, the CPDI.
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Dr. Anke Knopp, spokesperson of the Gütersloh citizens’ initiative Demokratie Wagen [‘Dare to be democratic’], project manager for the Bertelsmann Foundation and outspoken advocate of participatory budgeting (PB), writes about the benefits of PB and criteria for its success.
Ulrich Nitschke, Andreas Dellbrügge and Ulrich Kowalke list ten reasons why local authorities should introduce participatory budgeting (PB).
Dr. Kai Masser, research manager at the German Research Institute for Public Administration in Speyer, summarises the key points of criticism concerning the idea of participatory budgeting and its realisation.
Carsten Herzberg, Anja Röcke and Yves Sintomer briefly summarise the history of participatory budgeting and present their definition of it (which is now frequently quoted).
The 6th Status Report on Participatory Budgeting in Germany provides an overview of all municipalities listed on the website buergerhaushalt.org. Since the first status report was published in 2007, it is not only the number of municipalities listed here that has grown continuously; so too have the requirements involved in listing them.
published by InWEnt gGmbH – Capacity Building International, Germany/ Service Agency Communities in One World & Federal Agency for Civic Education, November 2010