To develop participatory budgeting in New Zealand

Hui E! Proposal 10

To develop, in partnership with civil society organisations that represent the diversity of New Zealand citizens, specific plans for implementation of participatory budgeting, beginning with a few specific areas of government activity.

This proposal addresses the OGP Values of: Transparency, access to information, civic participation, and improving public accountability.

Why the contribution is important

Countries as diverse as Jordan and Mexico already work with citizens and citizen groups (civil society organisations) to jointly make decisions about budgetary allocations and prioritisation. This improves the quality of the decision-making and ensures that citizens' knowledge and expertise becomes part of the mix, creating best possible value-for-money investment.

by DaveHenderson on August 22, 2016 at 06:42PM

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  • Posted by carolh August 24, 2016 at 09:23

    I think there have been some examples of participatory budgeting in NZ but it's probably not been used as widely as it could have been.
  • Posted by JanetteKWG August 24, 2016 at 14:22

    Participatory budgeting is a very useful tool to help people understand the decision making processes of government and bring some realism to consequences of those decisions. It's also a promoter of democracy and the encourages citizens to exercise their right to vote because they can see the results much more clearly. It can start small and grow. And contrary to arguments that the 'man in the street' can't understand complex financials my experience tells me that the people who have limited budgets tend to be the best at understanding financial management.
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