Open Sessions

SOU 8 - Participatory budget: Advances and challenges in the transition to sustainable cities and territories

20 Nov

20 November

14:30 to 17:30

Venue: Tan-Tan


Environment Development Action in the Third World (ENDA)

Tel: +(221) 33 859 64 11




Created in the late 1980s in Porto Alegre, Brazil, participatory budgeting approaches have grown rapidly and diversified. Throughout the world, more than 7,671 experiences have been recorded and Africa accounts for about 1/10 of this global workforce (Nelson Dias, Hope for democracy, 2018). All regions of the continent are concerned by this momentum of the participatory budget, which allows African local and regional authorities to be at the heart of the democratic and political transition towards fairer, more inclusive and more sustainable cities and territories. In several countries, the codes of local authorities adopted provide spaces for the implementation of participatory mechanisms. More recently, charters of citizen participation have appeared (particularly in the DRC, where local authorities are appointed by the central government) negotiated and signed between local authorities and citizens. These charters enshrine the rights and duties of citizens in cities. These advances on the normative level are likely to promote the expansion of the BP in local authorities.




  1. Opening and framing of the session
  2. Presentations of cities and territories
  3. Putting the cases into perspective in terms of progress and challenges for the transition to sustainable cities and territories
  4. Questions and debates
  5. Recommendation and preparation of the Report


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