|TOPIC||Budgeting for children|
Participatory budgeting has been advanced by budget practitioners and academics as an important tool for inclusive and accountable governance and has been implemented in various forms in many developing countries around the globe. Through participatory budgeting, citizens have the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of government operations, influence government policies and hold government to account. However, participatory processes also run the risk of capture by interest groups. Captured processes may continue to promote elitism in government decision making.