International experiences in Participatory Budgeting: A session with Giovanni Allegretti


What Works Scotland is inviting those interested and involved in participatory budgeting to morning session with international participatory budgeting expert Giovanni Allegretti.

  • Monday 13 June from 11am to 13:00 (tea/coffee served from 10.45am, and lunch after the event at 1pm)
  • Venue: Paterson’s Land - Room 1.26 University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ 

Participatory budgeting (PB) is gaining momentum in Scotland, with new processes developing across the country; over 20 Local Authority Areas undertaking capacity building programmes; and a new commitment in the SNP manifesto for the recent elections: “Setting Councils a target of having at least 1 per cent of their budget subject to Community Choices budgeting. This will be backed by the Community Choices Fund to help public bodies and community groups build on examples of best practice.”

This session provides an opportunity to hear about international PB experiences and how they compare to current developments in Scotland. A chance to discuss the principles and practicalities of PB, including emerging challenges and exciting prospects.

The session will be hosted by Oliver Escobar (WWS), and feature Kathleen Glazik, PB lead at the Scottish Government, who will provide reaction to Giovanni’s presentation as well as reflection about the future of PB in Scotland.

This event is free but places are limited.  Please register to book your place