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City Hall of Porto Alegre, Brazil

In 1989 the city of Porto Alegre, capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, with a population of 1.4 million inhabitants, decided to set up a new mechanism for municipal administration, called “orçamento participativo”, participatory budgeting, based on social justice and the inclusion of social classes that had, until then, been excluded from representation.
To reduce the social exclusion, the administration has implemented programmes and projects to find new ways of including the population in budgeting activities. The practice set up by the municipality of Porto Alegre involves structured interdepartmental action in the fields of public policies, social control and social justice. The municipality of Porto Alegre is a benchmark for similar experiences of democratic management and administrative transparency in more than a hundred towns and cities in Brazil and the rest of the world. This experience is an example of democratic administration at the local level and has been adopted by more than 100 Brazilian municipalities, and many others throughout the world. Porto Alegre came to be known as the Capital of Democracy.

For more information:

Focal Point IDEASS:
Eduardo Mancuso

Praça Montevidéu, 10 - Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
CEP 90010-170
Tel: (+51) 32893602
Cidade, centro de assessoria e Estudos urbanos
Tel/Fax: (+51) 33306756