Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.
PB gives ordinary people real decision-making power over real money. The
process was first developed in Brazil in 1989, and there are now over 1,500
participatory budgets around the world. Most are at the municipal level, but in other cases, states, counties, schools, universities, housing authorities, and coalitions of community groups have used participatory budgeting to open up spending decisions to democratic participation.