About the Seminar
With the advance of democratization and decentralization reforms, Participatory Budgeting is rapidly gaining attention from governments, civil society, and development agencies as an effective platform for strengthening transparency, voice, and accountability in public expenditure management, and service delivery. Since the early experimental initiatives in Brazil, the use of Participatory Budgeting has grown exponentially in many countries in Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and more recently, in Africa. This has created a growing demand for knowledge about how to develop and implement participatory budgeting in the African context.
Taking this into consideration, The Municipal Development Partnership for Eastern and Southern Africa (MDP-ESA) will organize a seminar on Participatory Budgeting on March 10-13, 2008 in Durban, South Africa. The event is supported by The Municipality of Durban, African Affiliated Network on Social Accountability (ANSA), The World Bank Group, The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), The Trust Fund for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (TFESSD), UN-Habitat, and Wagner School of Public Administration/New York University.