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OIDP Network - International Observatory of Participatory Democracy

Authors: Carla Cipolla, Rita Afonso, Bibiana Serpa (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro); Julia Wittmayer & Sarah Rach (DRIFT)
Publication date: 2015
Keywords: cities, democracy, participation

The OIPD defines itself as a “space open to all cities in the world and all associations, organizations and research centres interested in learning about, exchanging impressions and applying experiences of participatory democracy on a local scale with the aim of deepening the roots of democracy in municipal governments/em>” (OIDP website 2015). Participatory Budgeting in Porto Alegre (Brazil) is a decision-making process which permits citizens to construct, together with a municipal team, the yearly public budget investment plan based on their realities and necessities. Starting in 1989, it is known as the first participatory budgeting initiative which spread worldwide.

In the Participatory Budgeting in the Indische Buurt, a neighbourhood of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the local district and a citizen’s initiative collaborate with the goal to make the municipal budget more transparent, the municipality more accountable and the public budget better fit to the needs and ideas of citizens.


Relevance for TRANSIT

The OIDP network is socially innovative because it promotes participatory democracy processes mainly through the production of knowledge. This knowledge supports the fostering of synergies between different actors at municipal level, which includes public administration, civil society and knowledge centres.


Social Innovation Initiatives in the Critical Turning Points-database

Participatory Budgeting Fortaleza (Brazil)

Participatory Budgeting Belo Horizonte (Brazil)

Participatory Budgeting Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Participatory Budgeting Porto Alegre (Brazil)


Social Innovation Initiatives studied in-depth 

Participatory Budgeting Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Participatory Budgeting Porto Alegre (Brazil)



Wittmayer, J. M. and Rach, S. (2016) Participatory budgeting in the Indische Buurt (chapter 5 of TRANSIT case study report participatory budgeting). TRANSIT: EU SHH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169

Cipolla, C.; Afonso, R. C. M.; Wittmayer, J. M.; Serpa, B. and Rach, B. (2016) Transformative social innovation : participatory budgeting : a summary of the case study report on participatory budgeting - the IOPD - International Observatory of Participatory Democracy (OIDP - Observatório Internacional de Democracia Participativa), TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1. Grant agreement no: 613169.

Cipolla, C.; Afonso, R.; Wittmayer, J.; Bibiana, S. and Rach, S. (2016) WP 4 : case study report : participatory budgeting, TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1. Grant agreement no: 613169


Research Coordination: UFRJ - Carla Cipolla and Julia Wittmayer 

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