Participatory democracy and inclusion – Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre has been a world leader in participatory democracy systems for many years, with its Participatory Budgeting (OP) system in place for more than 30 years. Secretary for Local Governance, Cezar Bussato writes about this and the new  ‘Local Solidarity Governance’ schemes which is pursuing local development and improvements in poorer communities and suburbs across the city. Citizens are encouraged to embrace their rights and responsibilities and engage in cooperative relationships through cross-sectoral networks.

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