Localization of the SDGs and local democracy
Citizen participation in the implementation of global agendas
Participatory Budgeting: a powerful and expanding contribution to the achievement of SDGs and primarily SDG 16.7
Essay from professor Yves Cabannes
Introduction and summary
After a brief definition of Participatory Budgeting (PB) and its evolution over the last three decades, this essay explores in section 1 its links with some Sustainable Development Goals, primarily SDG 16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels, and focuses on PB capacities to meet SDG Target 16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels. It stresses as well that PB contributes to attain other SDGs, in particular SDG 11 (and primarily its target 11.3). Section 2 highlights through short narratives and overviews, how and to what extent some Local and Regional Initiatives successfully implement PB and meet various of SDGs targets and cross cutting principles, primarily leaving no one and no places behind. Based on lessons from past and current PB practices section 3 suggests eight recommendations to strengthen LRG capacities to support PB practices as a way to achieve SDG 16 and its 16.7 target. It concludes that given its huge potential and contribution to localizing SDG 16.7, PB could be a relevant indicator to monitor this target.
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