Participatory Habitat Initiative

 

Participatory Habitat Initiative

The Participatory-Habitat Initiative is the UN-Habitat program for the implementation of Participatory Budgeting (PB) together with the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). It integrates the United Nations principles, values, and experience to influence the quality of participation and inclusion of civil society. It is also a tool for local governments to accelerate the implementation of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Participatory Habitat Initiative

The Participatory-Habitat Initiative is the UN-Habitat program for the implementation of Participatory Budgeting (PB) together with the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). It integrates the United Nations principles, values, and experience to influence the quality of participation and inclusion of civil society. It is also a tool for local governments to accelerate the implementation of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


A multidimensional approach to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


The implementation of the Participatory-Habitat Initiative allows local governments to put in practice a governance tool that can encompass multiple demographic groups and thematic focuses at the same time. Solely considering the implementation of the Initiative, several SDGs are put in practice.


SDG 4: Quality Education

Starting with the SDG 4, one of the main concerns is to make sure that citizens receive information about the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. By making available online material and publications concerning the 2030 and promoting workshops, the Initiative also aims to contribute to target 4.7: “By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development”.

SDG 5: Gender Equality

In terms of gender equality, the Initiative contributes to achieving SDG target 5.B “Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women”. With an online participatory budgeting process, the Initiative decreases the cost of participation by not requiring any type of displacement and not imposing time restrains to contributions. Participation in the participatory budgeting process can happen from anywhere at any time.

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

In its core, the Participatory-Habitat Initiative caries SDG target 11.3 “By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries” with the goal of making human settlements governance more inclusive and participative in order to achieve sustainable development.

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

The Initiative is aligned with principles of democratic governance, its execution is related to SDG target 16.6 “Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels” as well as target 16.7 “Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels”. While making a part of municipal finances open for public debate and assignment, the Initiative deepens the exchanges between government and citizenship with accountability and participation.