Democracy and participation, Education



Who is behind this?

Iva Cukic

Ministry of Space (Ministarstvo prostora)


Who is joining forces?



Parliament Watch Italia




This project was born as a prototype within the Citizens Lab network, of which all organizations that participate in it are members.

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The main objective of this project is to broaden the ways citizens can interact with their local authorities, thus influencing the decision-making processes. Accordingly, we aim to build a tool that will enable governments to publish understandable and citizen-oriented budgets. In addition, we will create budget schools and participation labs in our communities, believing that creative IT solutions, with committed local governments, can strengthen local participation and democratic processes.

Where will your idea take place?

We'll start implementing the project in Budapest, Messina, Belgrade and Zagreb.

Why does Europe need your idea?

The lack of democratic legitimacy of EU can be filled strengthening citizenship through participation in monitoring local budgets in order to:
understand common transnational issues;
share narratives of local initiatives that tackles those issues;
reach point of no-return in good practices.

What is your impact?

In a year from now, there will be two basic outcomes:
1) Well trained local communities of practice that can monitor the budgets and foster further participation empowered with
2) a tool created by themselves that allow them to run effective participatory processes and advocacy campaigns.

How do you get there?

We will organize a multistakeholder school of citizenship, during an entire budget cycle time span, which will be implemented in different local contexts. The school steps will allow peers to co-create a modular tool, while building the knowledge they need to:
understand the municipal budget;
introduce storytelling on monitored budget processes and advocate for even more detailed budget information disclosure;
be part of the participatory processes during the entire budget cycle phases.

What is your story?

We want to: 1) bring the transparency of public spending together with participatory budget processes; 2) Fill the existing gap between online and face-to-face engagement. Coming with different professional backgrounds, we have already prototyped this idea, making us feel enthusiastic to continue.

Who are you doing it for?

- Local decision makers who would like to open the government.
- Citizens who don’t have insights into the operation of their municipalities, but would be eager to participate.
- Activists who need a strong tool to advocate for a change.
- Local press facing the data driven journalism transition.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

What similar projects are you aware of? What kind of participatory features do you think can be included in a platform dealing with budget participatory processes at the local level?


Iva Cukic

Idea created on Jan. 19, 2018
Last edit on May 19, 2018