In Limelight: Metro City's Development Planning through Participatory Budgeting

In Limelight: Metro City's Development Planning through Participatory Budgeting


Coming TOGETHER starts a beginning. Keeping TOGETHER drives progress. Working TOGETHER spells success. This has been the primary aim of Indonesia’s Metro City in enabling the involvement of society in decision making. Let us take a closer look on how they’ve implemented their Participatory Budgeting Program. Their local government used this as a tool to accumulate suggestions of applicable development plan. After obtaining information and data, society can then play an active role in developing their region based on the rule of Society Empowering Program. This includes three priority fields: physical, economic and socio-cultural fields.

“Participatory budgeting (PB) is a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making, and a type of participatory democracy, in which ordinary people decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget. Participatory budgeting allows citizens to identify, discuss, and prioritize public spending projects, and gives them the power to make real decisions about how money is spent. When PB is taken seriously and is based on mutual trust local governments and citizen can benefit equally. PB has the potential to provide social inclusion and social equity in the decision making of the allocation of resources in communities with low socioeconomic statuses.”Montambeault, Francoise (2016). "Between collective action and individual appropriation: The informal dimensions of participatory budgeting in Recife, Brazil". Politics and Society.

Five years after the financial crisis and three years into decentralization, participatory budgeting concept remains unclear in the practice of public finance transformation on macroeconomic stability, actual spending and the management of public resources. This concept is mostly assumed as an integral part of an Initiative for Public Engagement in Budgeting Process which has been recognized in 2000 in Jakarta with the establishment of Forum Indonesia untuk Transparansi Anggaran-FITRA or Indonesia Forum for Budget Transparency that consist of several research institutions and non-government organizations. Those Indonesia NGOs supported by the Ford Foundations- Jakarta are embarking on a multi-year exercise of public involvement in budgeting process at national as well as local level. This program has been established seven focal points of FITRA network around the country that include, Medan, Pekan Baru, Palembang, Jakarta, Tuban, Kendari, and Luwu. The program has also been driven more local research institutions and NGOs to engage in the public budgeting management.

A summary of the project and contact information is available on the DELGOSEA website under: