Participatory Budgeting for Sustainable Development of V4 Capital Cities

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Collegium Civitas together with four NGOs from the Visegrad Capital Cities – Agora CE, Prague, Utopia, Bratislava, Mindspace, Budapest, Inicjatywy, Warsaw – exchange their experiences about participatory budgets, citizens engagement and their activation for the development of the nearest surroundings. The conference aims at presenting the results of the project, discuss the most common problems connected with civic participation in V4 cities and the perspectives for the future of the participatory budget. The project realised in the frame of the Visegrad Grants.

25th October 2018
Collegium Civitas, Warsaw, Palace of Culture and Science,
12th floor, Hall A, form 10 a.m. to 5.30. p.m.

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9.30 – 10.00 Registration

10.00 – 10.10 Opening word – about the project “Participatory Budgeting for Sustainable Development of V4 Capital Cities” and its results, Anna Sudolska-Bytof, Collegium Civitas, Inicjatywy, Warsaw

Session I. Participatory Budget and civic participation. The experiences of Visegrad countries.

10.10 – 10.50 Local governance innovations: how to spread the idea of participatory budgeting across the city. The case of Prague, Vojtěch Černý, Agora CE, Prague

10.50 – 11.30 Participatory budgeting from the perspective of the city council and NGOs. Areas of potential conflicts and methods of their resolutions. The case of Bratislava, Eva Riecanska, PhD, Utopia, Bratislava

11.30 – 11.50 Coffee break

11.50 – 12.30 How to activate inhabitants in a city without participatory budgeting? The case of Budapest, Márti Sipos, Mindspace, Budapest

12.30 – 13.10 Different systems of civic participation. Opportunities and barriers to including citizens in public affairs, Robert Sobiech, PhD, Collegium Civitas, Warsaw

Questions from the audience

13.45 – 14.30 Lunch break

Session II. The future of the Warsaw PB. What have we learned for the last 5 years and what can we do better.

The session propose a two-part discussion with Invited panellists representing local NGOs and institutions engaged in the creation of the Warsaw PB system.

14.30 – 15.30 Panel discussion – Part I

The participatory budget has been functioning in Warsaw for 5 years. It is a good moment to sum up the carried out editions, pointing out the major successes and the major problems.

15.30 – 16.30 Panel discussion Part II

What are the perspectives for the future of participatory budget? Can Warsaw be an example for the other cities?

16.30 – 17.15 Questions from the audience

17.15 – 17.30 Concluding remarks and closing of the conference