Russian experience of citizen's participation in addressing local issues

This publication is part of the joint project ‘Strengthening Participatory Budgeting in Russian Federation Regions in 2016–2018’, implemented by the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation and the World Bank.


This publication is an overview of Russian experience in the development of initiative budgeting in Russia that implies a totality of practices aimed at citizens’ engagement in the budgeting process. They are based on the general philosophy of citizens’ participation as well as public and municipal regulation of citizens’ participation in the selection of projects fi nanced from the budget and follow-up public control of projects implementation. Disclosed in the given work is the historic background of initiative budgeting in Russia as well as the main practices – the Local Initiatives Support Program of the World Bank and Participatory Budgeting of the European University in St. Petersburg. The authors also describe institutional, public administration, fi nancial-economic, and social eff ects and propose a road map for the development of this area. 

Authors: Ivan Shulga Vladimir Vagin Gagik Khachatryan Anna Sukhova Lev Shilov Nadezhda Gavrilova Natalia Shapovalova