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Innovations in urban planning through participatory budgeting

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On July 8, 2015 we had the opportunity to present the methodological innovations developed in Haiti, at the 1st International Congress of Ibero-American Anthropology (AIBR) in Madrid. Throw the example of the Master Plan of Campêche project (Port au Prince, Haiti), made by the WE-SPORA group in 2013, we can share the main challenges we face in the study of urban planning, in the context of emergency and humanitarian crisis:

  • Coordination of multiple stakeholders (government, international NGOs, organized citizens and citizenship unorganized) in the design, implementation and evaluation of the Urban Development Plan.
  • Planning actions that respond to short-term needs (emergency) consistent to improve the quality of life in the long term (development).

To meet these challenges we employ innovative methodological tools in the field of urban planning in order to design efficient and realistic urban interventions:

  • The development of participatory methodologies "ad hoc": Citizen Multi-Actoral Planning for Action. In this case, we create specific participatory platforms for a multi-stakeholders making decisions process, involving the main stakeholders at all levels: citizenship (including civil society organizations and unorganized citizenship); government institutions (including ministries, administrations and public enterprises) and international NGO and agencies involved in the same area. The articulation of the needs, objectives and priorities of each group of actors was essential to ensure coherence and effectiveness of interventions designed.
  • The introduction of participatory budgeting as a tool for planning and prioritization of urban interventions. In this case, some lines of intervention on the long-term were designed and 10 strategic and immediate actions were prioritized, using criteria and indicators of quality of life for their prioritization. The involvement of the community in the definition of interventions and the prioritization of actions allowed the focus on long-term development beyond the basic needs of the emergency context.

These questions, challenges and reflections were presented in the panel "Sustainability of development policies in Haiti: local stakeholders, government and third sector" within the 1st International Congress of Ibero-American Anthropology (AIBR), held in Madrid from 7 and July 10, 2015. Here you can see the entire presentation (in Spanish):

Gran Dinar Barcelona · Feeding the 4k!

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4 tons of recovered food, more than 150 volunteers, 4115 portions of food served, and the presence of dozens of organizations and projects against food waste.

Gran Dinar (big lunch) 2014, held in the Plaça dels Angels in Barcelona on 22th November, sought to provoke a change in the perception of food waste by the citizens and officials responsible for the cycle of food .

More than 4 tons of food were recovered from fields or wholesalers that there were going to be harvested, cleaned and cooked by hundreds of volunteers and cooks by the Alicia Foundation, and were served in the form of vegetable soup or salad fruit. The uncooked surpluses were "adopted" by attendees or donated to nearby soup kitchens.

This festive event we wanted to patent a serious economic, social and environmental problem that affects all of society that asks the involvement of all. We have put on the table the fact that in Catalonia annually about 260,000 tons of food are wasted and that we must act to get reduce this figure.

You can see a video of the event here !:

Corresponsabilidad ambiental en la gestión de los servicios de recogida y limpieza


El Ayuntamiento de Mataró presenta el proyecto de elaboración de la nueva contrata de los servicios de recogida y limpieza de la ciudad.

Esta iniciativa, basada en el principio de corresponsabilidad, se ha desarrollado mediante la participación activa de la ciudadanía desde el inicio del proceso. El producto obtenido es un pliego de condiciones para la nueva contrata que incorpora, tanto las conclusiones del estudio técnico como las valoraciones y opiniones del conjunto de la ciudadanía sobre los servicios.