Mahdia's Participatory Budgeting Citizen Forums

Mahdia’s Participatory Budgeting Citizen Forums

In the context of the Participatory Budgeting process, the municipality of Mahdia organized 3 citizen forums through which the citizens participated in proposing project ideas of basic infrastructure, voting for the priority projects of their neighborhoods, and electing citizens delegates whose mission is to monitor the implementation of the final list of projects. The 4 citizen forums covered the whole municipal zone of Mahdia, and had been organized between the 8th  and  the 15th of  December 2018, respectively in the following places : Al Zahraa, Al Madina, HibounA communication campaign preceded the organization of the citizen forums to inform and invite the citizens to take part in the public meetings. Different kind of communication tools had been used during this campaign such as : Flyers, Posters, Banners, car loud-speaker service, radio broadcasts … In this first year / edition of the Participatory Budgeting, 433 citizens participated to present their project ideas related to roads, and to select the priority projects. At the end of the 3 citizens forums , the citizens elected 9 citizen delegates in order to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the final list of projects.

Citizen Participation Rate

The citizen forums were organized by the municipality of Mahdia in collaboration with the Women Leaders who played the role of “local facilitators” of the Participatory Budgeting. These facilitators ensured, in partnership with the municipality : the implementation of the communication plan to inform and invite the citizen to participate in the citizen forums; the preparation and the organization of the citizen forums; and the support of the citizen delegates in their monitoring and evaluation mission.
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