Participatory Budgeting in three Local Government units in Albania Where are we? Urban Research Institute What did we do in the first phase: • To understand the aim of the Participatory Budgeting Project; • To inform the key stakeholders of LG bodies and administration and heads of villages, community; • To ID community stakeholders and to ensure the vulnerable groups that are traditionally excluded can participate in the project; What did we do in the first phase (cont) • • • • • To organize first and second meetings; Caravan activity; Council meetings; Trainings, and What else could we do that we did not? Limitations that influenced the PB process • • • • Time constraint; Little engagement from council members; Geographical locations; Staff availability/capacity? Capacities at LG? Let’s discuss together. Open discussion: • What benefits you can mention by PBP in your community? Speaking about results, which one do we identify as results? • What does it mean for you being an elected member of PB Council? • How has been the reaction of the community members regarding PBP process? • What difficulties you came across regarding participation in this processes? • What can we do to improve participation at PB process?