Next to the network, the report also covers two local initiatives associated with the OIDP, namely Participatory Budgeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil and Participatory Budgeting in the Indische Buurt, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The first local initiative is located in the city of Porto Alegre, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. It started in 1989 and is a recurrent yearly process of deliberation and decision-making between the local population and the local government with regards to the municipal spending for the coming year. The final product of each year’s process is the city’s investment plan created by its citizens with the local government. The second local initiative is located in the Indische Buurt, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It started in 2010 and aims for more budget transparency and accountability on the local level as well as for strengthening participatory democracy by increasing the awareness, knowledge and influence of citizens in the neighbourhood about and on the municipal budget. It emerged out of two distinct initiatives: a citizen-initiated stream focusing on budget monitoring and a municipality-initiated stream focusing on a neighbourhood budget instrument. In the meanwhile, the two streams converged into a co-creation process between the local administration and citizens to prioritize policy and to collaboratively write an area plan.
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