As part of the operationalization of the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and under the implementation of its Strategic Plan (2017-2021) for the support to African Local Authorities and their Networks in terms of training and capacity building, the Academy has decided to set up a series of Colleges around themes that are crucial for Decentralization, Local Governance and Local Development. Under these themes, ALGA shall launch the College of Participatory Budget.
Since its appearance in 1989 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the experiences of Participatory Budget (PB) have multiplied in Africa, Latin America, North America and Europe, 3000 experiments were recorded throughout the world with different modalities and goals.
UCLG Africa also played a significant role in the dissemination and promotion of the PB process in Africa over the past 15 years, with the Local Governments and Infra-National Authorities, particularly through the organization of activities during the various Africities Summits.
For UCLG Africa and its Academy, the setting up and launch of a PB College comes in due time to enable African Local Authorities to make of this process a lever contributing to the implementation of the new Global Agenda, and in particular the Sustainable development Goals (particularly SDG 11 “Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, and SDG 16 : “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”), the New Urban Agenda and the Climate Agenda.
In the opinion of the Experts, the adoption of the PB approach implies several advantages for the Infra-national Authorities, in particular the promotion of decentralization serving citizens and communities, the emergence of local multi-stakeholder governance, the anchoring of good governance at the local level (responsibility, participation, transparency, accountability) and the effectiveness and efficiency of Local Finances, including better allocation and targeting of resources.
It is in this context and building on the experience accumulated to date that ALGA aims to set up a College dedicated to PB as a short-term continuing education offering open to all Stakeholders and Relevant Stakeholders.
In this light, a workshop for the preparation of the Participatory Budgeting College will be held in Rabat, at Hotel RIVE on April 20 and 21, 2017. The meeting will be moderated by outstanding experts from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, France, Senegal and Morocco and with the support and partnership with the Interior Ministry, the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Municipal Councils (AMPCC) and the International University of Rabat (UIR).