Participatory budgeting in Berlin-Lichtenberg: a complex, multi-channel process

Best Practice | Gast | 23.04.2013

Launched in: 2005


Received the European Public Sector Award (2007) for being a ‘Model for successful public administration in Europe’

Distinctive features:      

A complex, multi-channel process with a strong political commitment to implementing the proposals, and PB underpinned by legislation.

In 2005 the Berlin district of Lichtenberg became the first to introduce PB in any German city. Since then, the PB process conducted annually in Berlin-Lichtenberg has become an oft-cited example and a model for PB in Germany. The participatory budget of Berlin-Lichtenberg is cited chiefly because of the complex, multi-channel nature of the process. Neighbourhood dialogues, public meetings and a dedicated online platform enable the citizens of Lichtenberg to submit and discuss their own proposals. Citizens can vote either online, or face-to-face on the district-wide voting day. The procedure also includes a representative household poll. A total of 10,488 citizens took part in this PB process for 2013.

Decisions as to whether or not the proposals from the lists of the best are included in the budget itself are taken by the members of the district councillors’ meeting. The figures indicate that the elected representatives in Lichtenberg are clearly in favour of PB. Since it was introduced, they have incorporated 90% of the proposals from the lists of the best into the actual budget. A further exemplary feature is the legal institutionalisation of PB in the district administration law. Since July 2005, the district councillors’ meeting has been obliged to provide inhabitants with comprehensive opportunities for participation, and to inform them of their rights of participation.

Further information on PB in Berlin-Lichtenberg:

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Profile on the website: Profile

Berlin Lichtenberg 2012