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SDG 11 SDG 16
'Din idé' is a participatory budgeting process run as a partnership between the municipality, the commu- nity school and the local housing companies to work together to reach different arenas where children, young people and adults are active in the local area.
To achieve higher levels of equality in terms of participation and to incorporate diversity as a criterion for inclusion
To empower non-organised citizens
The goal was to ensure that the participatory budgeting process in the area of Lundby was more inclusive, especially of the voices of young people.
To achieve higher levels of equal participation and to incorporate diversity as a criterion for inclusion.
The participatory budget is part of Gothenburg City's strategic plan 'Equal City' – which places particular focus on the following areas:
Creating a good start in life for young people and good conditions for growing up
Creating the conditions for inclusion, influence and trust
The project involved different stakeholders, such as schools, housing providers, community groups, nursery schools and libraries, all working together to address the complexities of the local area.
The area in Lundby where the participatory budget (PB) 'Din Idé' ('Your Idea') was held is a socially and economically disadvantaged area. In total 60 different languages are spoken in the local school and many parents do not speak Swedish. The municipality finds it difficult to reach out to residents in the area, and there is a lack of trust in public bodies among residents. In the area there is a community school and several engaged housing companies. This was a good starting point. What was needed was a joint structure and model in order to work in a proactive, mobilising and democracy enhancing way to deal with the complex issues facing the neighbourhood.
''Din idé'' is a participatory budgeting process run as a partnership between the municipality, the commu- nity school and the local housing companies to work together to reach different arenas where children, young people and adults are active in the local area. It is an approach which allows diverse actors – such as schools, housing providers, community groups, preschools and libraries – to work together to deal with (rather than to ignore) the complexities of the local area. The starting point is the pre-existing local relationships that residents have with individuals in schools and housing companies – relation- ships that often come with a lot of trust.
By working in a broad partnership, the different actors can work with the residents to build trust and in- crease legitimacy. If there is trust between residents and one institution – for example the local school, then this can be the starting point for developing relationships and trust between the resident and other actors.
The Din Idé process has used different ways of breaking through language barriers, making the process more approachable and to reach children and young people with cognitive disabilities and difficulties.
Examples of innovative tools used include:
• A Participatory budgeting dance with sign language that the children were taught in school
• Film workshops offered to young people and adults as a way to help them come up with proposals for improving their local area
• Each proposal in the participatory budget has had a picture of visual representation to go with the text
In the first year over 80 proposals were submitted by residents that ranged in age between five and 78 years of age. Over 1000 votes were received and 7 proposals were successful and are being implement- ed. We have sought to look at each actor as part of a larger whole. By working with equality as the focal goal we have found a foundation for common work. A positive side effect has been helping to make residents feel safer in their neighbourhoods.
Conversation with the responsibles of the project :
"The proposal is remarkable for the inclusion of various actors who already had local relationships with citizens in order to in- crease the legitimacy and success of the process. The experience also stands out for the different tools and methodologies used to make the process more accessible, especially for traditionally non-participatory groups. However, the resources allocated per inhabitant from the participatory budget are low."
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