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A website set up by Involve as a resource for participation practitioners to provide them with information, tools and space to discuss participation. There are publications, case studies, process maps etc on the site for all kinds of participation methods including PB.
Link Church Action on Poverty
Link to the Church Action on Poverty website, the unit's accountable body
Link Free images
Most of the images on this site are our own and have been taken at PB events. However, some generic images have been used and have been taken from this royalty free site.
Link Trafford Hall
Trafford Hall near Chester runs very good training events for tenants and residents of social housing, community groups and other voluntary groups. Costs of courses are often very minimal (£10) and include accommodation, training and food. They run courses on PB on a regular basis.
Link Department for Communities & Local Government
The department for communities & local government are the central government champions of PB and part-fund the work of the PB Unit.
Link National Association for Voluntary and Community Action
NAVCA (the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) is the national voice of local third sector infrastructure in England. Their website has lists of local and national voluntary and community groups and organisations in the UK.
Link National Association for Neighbourhood Management
A dissemination and good practice network for neighbourhood management practitioners. They run a number of training and sharing learning events across the country.
Link Sustainable Development Commission
The Sustainable Development Commission is the Government's independent watchdog on sustainable development, reporting to the Prime Minister, the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales and the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland. Through advocacy, advice and appraisal, they help put sustainable development at the heart of Government policy.
Link Home Office
The Home Office are supporting neighbourhood policing PB pilots
Link Involve
Involve is a third sector organisation who's main aim is to involve people in public decision making. They have produced a number of publications on participation.
Link Local Government Information Unit
The LGIU are running a series of PB workshops with our support.
Link International website on participatory budgeting is a general resource site on participatory budgeting and other forms of participatory democracy. It was launched in March 2006. The site aims to collect and publicize information on participatory budgeting around the world in an accessible format.
Link International Budget Project
The International Budget Project was formed in 1997 to nurture the growth of civil society capacity to analyze and influence government budget processes, institutions and outcomes. The IBP is interested particularly in working with those organizations that focus on the impact of the budget on poor and low-income people in developing countries or new democracies.
Link European Union Socrates Programme PB toolkit
Link Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Link New Economics Foundation
a think & do tank. They believe in economics as if people mattered.
Link Institute for Development Partitipation Team
Part of the University of Sussex
Link International Centre for Participation Studies
One of our academic partners. Part of Bradford University
Link Logolink
LogoLink is a global network of practitioners from civil society organisations, research institutions and governments working to deepen democracy through greater citizen participation in local governance. LogoLink encourages learning from field-based innovations and expressions of democracy which contribute to social justice.
Link Women's Budget Group
The Women's Budget Group ( WBG ) is an independent organisation bringing together individuals from academia, non-governmental organisations and trades unions to promote gender equality through appropriate economic policy.
Link Marc Bloch Center in Germany - studying PB in Germany
A project from the Marc Bloch Center with the financial support of the Hans Böckler foundation “Participatory Budgets in an European Comparative Approach. Perspectives and Chances of the Cooperative State at the Municipal Level in Germany”
Some of the images on this site were provided royalty free by
Link Brazilian participatory budget network
They produce a an e-bulletin on a regular basis providing updates on participatory budgeting in Brazil and also links to PB elsewhere around the world.
Link Communities and Local Government participatory budgeting page
Section on CLG website dedicated to PB
Link Facebook: participatory budgeting group
A PB group on facebook
Link Accenture's Spending Public Money project
Accenture are running an online experiment into public budgets and how people can make choices that impact on their quality of life. The experiment is running until end of December. This link takes you to the start page for the online experiment
Link National Youth Agency
The National Youth Agency have a PB project and wrote a report about PB and young people in 2007
Link Asset Transfer Unit
Unit, similar to the PBU, that support people wanting to transfer assets to communities
Link ICT 4 Democracy Facebook group
Group on facebook dedicated to promoting the use of ICT in democracy
Link CFE: organisation working to bring social & economic prosperity
CFE is an independent not for profit company, working to improve social and economic prosperity across the UK. We focus on public service users and the development of policies and programmes to better meet their needs.
Link National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
Link Government Offices in the Regions
We are working to transform lives and places by: - * acting for Government in our regions and localities * acting for our regions and localities in Government * building partnerships and delivering in partnership
Link Community Development Foundation (CDF)
The Community Development Foundation is a leading source of intelligence, guidance and delivery on community development in England and across the UK. CDF is a non-departmental public body and a registered charity supported by Communities and Local Government (CLG).
Link Sostenga
Sostenga is a partnership of experienced consultants and trainers, with a wide range of practical grass roots, activist and management experience both in the UK and abroad, who provide a wide range of services to community groups and voluntary organisations.
Link PB project in Poitou Charentes, France
This is a PB project that's been going since 2005 with 10million Euros each year to be spent on education in the region.
Link The Consultation Institute
The Consultation Institute deliver training on PB with us and on our behalf, based on a programme that was jointly developed.
Link Local Government Association
Based in Westminster, close to the Houses of Parliament and Whitehall, the LGA is a voluntary lobbying organisation, acting as the voice of the local government sector, and an authoritative and effective advocate on its behalf.
Link National Association of Local Councils (NALC)
The recognised membership and support body representing and promoting the interests of 9,000 town, parish and community councils and their 80,000 councillors in England. NALC has, along with its county associations of local councils, supported and helped with the recent PBU/CRC rural pilots project and are working with PBU on a series of events on PB.
Link Future Communities
A website of resources, case studies and information for people wanting to build sustainable communities
Link Participatory Budgeting Project
An NGO based in North America set up to support the implementation of PB in North America. It's run by Josh Lerner.
Link Rethinking the public book
This book presents a series of theoretically innovative case studies and rethinks the public, public communication and public action in a globalising and mediated world.
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