|ORGANIZATION||Development Policy Review|
|TOPIC||Budgeting for children|
Recent moves towards participatory budgeting have raised hopes and expectations that spending and revenue generation can be made more pro-poor if informed citizens and their non-traditional political organisations participate directly in budgeting decisions. This article reviews experiences of participatory budgeting and pro-poor policy-making in Brazil, Ireland, Chile, Mauritius and Costa Rica. It draws attention to several important issues, including: Who participates? What kind of institutional framework is necessary? What happened to the revenue-generation side of pro-poor budgeting? It points out that making spending and taxation more pro-poor has historically depended on pro-poor political parties gaining power.