16, January, 2015
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Does Participatory Budgeting have an Effect on the Quality of Public Services? The Case of Peru’s Water and Sanitation Sector

Using econometric techniques, complemented by qualitative analysis, the authors of this Working Paper conclude that particpatory budgeting does not achieve an improvement in water and sanitation coverage and service quality in Peru.

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Since 2004 the government of Peru has implemented a process of participatory budgeting (PB), which is mandatory for every sub-national government. The authors analyse the link from PB to coverage and water service quality indicators. They find no statistically significant relationship between PB and their measures of coverage and service continuity, regardless of whether the outcome variables are measured in levels or in changes. Qualitative evidence collected in a sample of municipalities is consistent with this result. Further, PB in the water sector may also lead to inequitable outcomes as the poor may confront greater costs of participation. At the root of this lack of connection the authors find weakness both in the PB process itself as well as among the different actors in the process: citizens, municipalities and water service providers.

Authors: Miguel Jaramillo and Lorena Alcázar
Publication Date: March, 2013
Publisher: Global Development Network (GDN)

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