Participatory Budgeting Inter-Municipalities seminar

Participatory Budgeting Inter-Municipalities seminar

The “Associative Action” organized on the 22nd – 23rd of January 2015 a Participatory Budgeting inter-municipalities seminar in Tunis, that gathered the 8 first municipalities which successfully implemented the Participatory Budgeting process between 2104 – 2015. The following municipalities has been invited to participate in this seminar : La Marsa, Menzel Bourguiba, Tozeur, Gabes, Sfax, la Manouba, Gafsa and Raoued.

Besides, three municipalities joined the seminar as honor guests : the municipality of Ben Arous, the municipality of El Kef, and the municipality of Sbeitla. 

Moreover, different stakeholders attended the seminar such as the representatives of the following institutions : The Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment, the German Cooperation in Tunisia (GIZ), Caisse des Prêts et de Soutien des Collectivités Locales (CPSCL), the Center of Training and Decentralization Support (CTDS), CILG-VNG, local facilitators of the Participatory Budgeting, and citizen delegates of the partner municipalities. 

The object of the seminar was to present the results achieved by the 8 municipalities which adopted the Participatory Budgeting process between 2014 – 2015, followed by a debate between the different participants.

Moreover, this seminar showed the commitment of the municipalities in favor of the Participatory Budgeting process, instead of the Annual Investment Plan (PAI) imposed currently by the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment. This commitment was declared by the signature of the municipalities, of 2 documents by the end of the seminar, which are :

  1. A letter addressed to Mr. Mokhtar Hammami, General director of Local Collectivities in 2015, calling the Ministry to adopt the process of the Participatory Budgeting
  2. An inter-municipalities partnership agreement between the municipalities which applied the Participatory Budgeting
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