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Participatory Budgeting, São Paulo, Brazil

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Summarises a research project on participatory budgeting in São Paulo, Brazil undertaken by Edinburgh Napier University researchers Dr Wegene Demeke and Dr Bruce Ryan, and supported by the Global Challenge Research Fund.

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Participatory Budgeting, São Paulo, Brazil

  1. 1. Participatory Budgeting, São Paulo, Brazil Dr Wegene Demeke and Dr Bruce Ryan Centre for Social Informatics (Presentation delivered by Professor Hazel Hall) School of Computing research afternoon 9th January 2019
  2. 2. Global Challenges Research Fund To Amount UK research community (2016-21) £1.5 billion Edinburgh Napier University – directly from Scottish Funding Council (2018-19) £79,779 Napier seed corn projects* (2018-19) £39,779 * ‘RIO would like to invite bid proposals from researchers who are intending to apply for GCRF funding in the future and require ‘pump prime’ funding now to under-pin GCRF bids. This can include travel to start building relationships with collaborators in [Official Development Assistance] countries through to small pilot and foundational projects.’ (email, 6th July 2018). ODA compliance: to promote the development of the economic and welfare of communities in developing countries
  3. 3. The Edinburgh Napier team Dr Wegene Demeke • Interactions between technology and society, e.g. – Generation, management, use and effects of information on society – ICTs as drivers of change on small and medium business – The impact of big data and IoT on organisations Dr Bruce Ryan • IT in (hyper)local government, e.g. – Community councils as vehicles for (hyper)local democracy – Online identity assurance and e-voting – Scotland’s approach to participatory budgeting
  4. 4. The Edinburgh Napier team Dr Wegene Demeke • Interactions between technology and society, e.g. – Generation, management, use and effects of information on society – ICTs as drivers of change on small and medium business – The impact of big data and IoT on organisations Dr Bruce Ryan • IT in (hyper)local government, e.g. – Community councils as vehicles for (hyper)local democracy – Online identity assurance and e-voting – Scotland’s approach to participatory budgeting
  5. 5.  Citizens (not politicians) vote to decide how government money is spent achieved with (not to) communities  Often IT-mediated The topic: participatory budgeting  First implemented in Porto Alegre, São Paulo, Brazil in the late 1980s  Currently may be applied to entire city budgets in Brazil
  6. 6. The contacts at São Paulo Professor Renato de Oliveira Moraes and Hugo Watanuki Department of Production Engineering, University of São Paulo
  7. 7. Global Challenges Research Fund To Amount UK research community (2016-21) £1.5 billion Edinburgh Napier University – directly from Scottish Funding Council (2018-19) £79,779 Napier seed corn projects* (2018-19) £39,779 Participatory budgeting project (2019) £8,185 * ‘RIO would like to invite bid proposals from researchers who are intending to apply for GCRF funding in the future and require ‘pump prime’ funding now to under-pin GCRF bids. This can include travel to start building relationships with collaborators in [Official Development Assistance] countries through to small pilot and foundational projects.’ (email, 6th July 2018).
  8. 8. The team at São Paulo Professor Ursula Dias Peres, School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, and Leandro Ramos, Research Group in Management and Information Technology, University of São Paulo
  9. 9. Overarching aim of the research is to address:  Low participation of the very poor in democratic processes in Brazil  The inequalities that result from this low participation, e.g.  uneven wealth distribution  poor health outcomes  restricted access to social services  poor social justice ‘To promote the development of the economic and welfare of communities in developing countries’
  10. 10. What are the barriers to democratic participation amongst economically deprived populations? How might these be overcome (so that more public funding may be diverted towards pro-poor projects)? Key research question Alignment with  GCRF main area Human rights, good governance and social justice  GCRF sub-area Reduce poverty and inequality
  11. 11. Main purpose of current visit to São Paulo: pump priming  Bring team of collaborators together in person  To include academics and city council officials  Conduct a literature review to strengthen understanding of the barriers to participatory budgeting with specific reference to marginalised groups  Design, implement, and write up a pilot study on current practice with the target population in São Paulo  Explore the feasibility of developing a larger full project proposal for further funding from GCRF (or other source)
  12. 12. https://bruceryan.info/
  13. 13. Participatory Budgeting, São Paulo, Brazil Dr Wegene Demeke and Dr Bruce Ryan Centre for Social Informatics (Presentation delivered by Professor Hazel Hall) School of Computing research afternoon 9th January 2019

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