Participatory Budgeting in Bangladesh Local Government Context

A. N. M. Zakir Hossain, Anwara Begum, Muhammad Shafiul Alam, Md. Shahidul Islam


This study aims to examine the spaces for citizen participation in the municipal budgeting process and to access the extent of citizen participation in local government decision-making with specific focus on citizen participatory budgeting in Bangladesh. A cross-sectional study was conducted in Nabigonj Municipality of Habigonjin Bangladesh. Both social survey method and in-depth interview have been applied for collecting data from the respondents in the study area. The findings asserted that level of scope of participations was very low in this area but the majority (55.3%) of people was highly positive about the initiation to (Participatory Budgeting) PB. This study also reveals that understanding of participatory budgeting as a concept that leads to improve governance is still very limited and Citizens were incapable of contributing productively to policy-making within the Nabigonj Municipality.

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