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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Budget (SAO0006)



Action Plan: Sao Paulo Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: São Paulo Aberta/Secretariat of Municipal Government

Support Institution(s): Municipal Comptroller General’s Office (CGM); Municipal Secretariat of Management (SG); Municipal Secretariat of Subprefectures (SMSUB); Municipal Secretariat of Finance (SF); Municipal Court of Accounts (TCM); Special Secretariat of Social Relations (SERS)/Secretariat of Municipal Government (SGM).Associação de Projetos Integrados e Desenvolvimento Sustentável (PIDS); Fundação Escola de Comércio Álvares Penteado (FECAP); Movimento Cultural das Periferias (MCP).

Policy Areas

E-Government, Fiscal Openness, Legislation & Regulation, Legislative, Public Participation, Public Participation in Budget/Fiscal Policy, Subnational

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


Commitment no. 1: “Budget”
Institutionalize the participatory budget through the Municipal Participatory Council and civil society, in the 32 Subprefectures, creating rules and procedures to be followed by subprefects, including: newsletter (printed and online) and website, in friendly/easy-to-understand language, about implemented and proposed expenses by sector and project; creation of a public register of organizations and citizens for dissemination of information; broad and prior dissemination of participatory budget actions and discussions.
Commitment start and end date: January/2019 - August/2020
Lead implementing agency/actor
São Paulo Aberta/Secretariat of Municipal Government21
Commitment description
What is the public problem that the commitment will address?
Although there are mechanisms that allow citizens to participate in the budget of the city of São Paulo, there is pressure from civil society to better and expand the spaces and forms of participation. In addition, the need for clearer language in the provision of budgetary and financial information as well as a wider dissemination of this information have been pointed out.

Overall objective(s) and expected result(s)

With the implementation of this commitment, we expect to provide better conditions for social control of the municipal budget, as well as to improve and broaden the forms of participation by society
How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?
By establishing a Working Group, with representatives from government and civil society, we intend to identify possibilities for improvement of social control and budgeting participation mechanisms. Another purpose of the commitment is to qualify the performance of counselors, providing them with more tools and information to fulfill their duties. In addition, it should improve the channels and tools of communication with the population, so as to qualify the access to information.

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?
This commitment aims to contribute to the improvement of mechanisms for social participation and control of the municipal budget, being relevant for the strengthening of citizen participation. In addition, it aims to contribute to the improvement of the budgetary information provided by the City of São Paulo, being relevant for strengthening and expanding transparency, access to information and, indirectly, public integrity.
Additional Information
Currently, popular participation in the development of budgetary items occurs through public hearings held at the 32 Subprefectures, as provided by Decree no. 57,802/2017. Decree no. 56,208/2015, regulating Articles of Law 15,764/2013, assigns to the Municipal Participatory Councils, among other responsibilities, the monitoring of budget execution within its territory. In addition, accounting data from the City of São Paulo are available on the Transparency Portal and budget data from the Budget and Finance System (SOF) are available through public APIs. Milestone activity with a verifiable deliverable
Start date:
End date:
Establish an intersecretariat Working Group with representatives of civil society from MSF, to improve the mechanisms for municipal budget social control.
Carry out and publicize a survey of projects and initiatives on budgeting participation existing in the City Hall.
Carry out actions to qualify the performance of municipal participatory counselors, including the provision of training through partnerships with public and private agencies, on subjects related to management and public policies, budget planning, social participation and access to data.
Expand and improve communication channels and tools with the population regarding planning, execution and budget control, adopting clear and simple language.


Ensure the implementation of a deliberative mechanism for participation, planning, execution and social control of the budget of the city of São Paulo through the Municipal Participatory Councils.

Contact information

Name of responsible person from implementing agency
Mauro Ricardo Machado Costa


Secretary of Municipal Government
Implementing agency department
Supervision on Open Government Affairs (SAGA) - São Paulo Aberta
Email and phone +55 11 3113-9276

Other actors involved

State actors involved

Municipal Comptroller General’s Office (CGM); Municipal Secretariat of Management (SG); Municipal Secretariat of Subprefectures (SMSUB); Municipal Secretariat of Finance (SF);
Municipal Court of Accounts (TCM);
Special Secretariat of Social Relations (SERS)/Secretariat of Municipal Government (SGM).

Civil society actors involved

Associação de Projetos Integrados e Desenvolvimento Sustentável (PIDS);
Fundação Escola de Comércio Álvares Penteado (FECAP); Movimento Cultural das Periferias (MCP).


  1. Budget

    SAO0006, 2018, E-Government

  2. Decentralization and Local Development

    SAO0007, 2018, Environment and Climate

  3. Information System, Participatory Communication and Transparency

    SAO0008, 2018, Access to Information

  4. Education

    SAO0009, 2018, E-Government

  5. Fight Against Corruption

    SAO0010, 2018, Access to Information

  6. Increase the Power of Intervention of the Municipal Participative Councils in Each Subprefecture (City District), Creating Deliberative Open Sessions to Receive Proposals and Demands from the Citizens.

    SAO0001, 2017, E-Government

  7. Expand the Training Program “Open Government Agents”, Becoming a Permanent Education and Citizenship Program, Ensuring Territorial Mobilization and Ramification in Order to Reach the Largest Number People in São Paulo.

    SAO0002, 2017, Capacity Building

  8. Increase the Use of Means of Communication by São Paulo City Hall to Spread Open Government Actions in Newspapers, TV Channel, Buses, Public Municipal Venues, Alternative Media, Dialoguing with the Legislative Branch, in Order for These Means to Become Strategic and Permanent Ways of Communication.

    SAO0003, 2017, Capacity Building

  9. Create a Network of Civil Servants Involving All City Hall Secretariats, Entities and Public Venues, Dialoguing with Ciga (The Intersecretarial Committee on Open Government) and São Paulo Aberta (Open São Paulo Initiative).

    SAO0004, 2017, Capacity Building

  10. Improve the Innovation Technology Laboratory (Labprodam), Turning the Lab More Open, Mapping Groups Already Working on Free Technology, Such as Youth Groups, Startups and Collectives to Create Projects Similar to São Paulo’S Urban Mobility Laboratory (Mobilab).

    SAO0005, 2017, Access to Information

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