Citizen engagement practices, including participatory budgeting (PB), is a key component of the development agenda. In Russia, the Bank engagement in this area started in 2005 with a Local Initiatives Support Program (LISP). Starting from one region of Stavropol krai, today LISP is a nation-wide program that covers at least a quarter of Russia’s regions. Over ten thousand LISP participatory projects of high importance for local communities are implemented. Over one million people participate in LISP activities annually.
Starting from 2016 a strong push was given to development of PB practices in Russia by the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation through the implementation the program on strengthening participatory practices in Russia. Research proves that continuous implementation of PB promotes increase of people’s satisfaction with the quality of life in their place of residence and with the local self-governance and social services, raise of trust to the head of the settlement and improvement of the dialogue between the population and local authorities.