A few months after she was elected, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo set out to make the city more collaborative, with residents providing ideas and making decisions for its future. Since 2014, Paris’ Participatory Budget has allowed citizens to vote for projects designed and submitted by other citizens. Every year, EUR 100 million euros are allocated to this initiative. In 2016 more than 150,000 inhabitants took part, selecting 219 projects to be implemented by the City of Paris.

In the second year, after the launch of a new website, the residents of Paris proposed over 5,000 ideas, and more than 67,000 people voted on them. Apart from the city-wide budget, there is additional budget allocated to participatory budgeting at the borough level. In 2016 the city decided to allocate fixed parts of the budget for the most deprived areas as well as for youth and education projects, with schools encouraged to participate and children’s votes determining how that money is spent.

Project owner: Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris

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