The Service Agency Communities in One World together with the German Federal Agency for Civic Education and with conceptual assistance from the Centre Marc Bloch conducted a congress dealing with different international models of Participatory Budgeting. It offered a platform for intensive exchange between researchers, local government and political bodies, and civil-society organisations. Thanks to various presentations from around the world, both in the plenum and in thematically defined forums, the participants were able to look at many different participatory budgeting models and instruments.Transparency and acceptance were important key terms in the discussion. Participatory budgeting can contribute to better under- standing of the ever more precarious situation of municipal budgets. It can help to make the will of the people clearer to city councils in respect to how scarce funds are used and where money should be saved.
The congress has shown that, in some cases, the Global South is more progressive than Germany. There are good, international examples of successful inclusion of all citizens in equal measure: those with or without a migration background, with or without disabilities, men and women, young people and seniors. This documentation is designed to summarize important discussions and findings of the congress. The documentation can be downloaded here: "International Congress on Models of Participatory Budgeting"