The programme BIP/ZIP 2013 (Bairros e Zonas de Intervenção Prioritária / Neighbourhoods and areas of priority intervention) continues the two editions of BIP/ZIP in 2011 and 2012. Again the initiative is in the scope of the Local Housing Programme (PLH) as an instrument of public policy aimed at boosting municipal partnerships and small local interventions to improve the “habitat.” It is based on supporting local projects that contribute to strengthening social and territorial cohesion in the neighbourhood. In 2013, 108 applications were received by the BIP/ZIP platform. The budget for the 49 approved applications is 2 million euros. In July 2013, BIP/ZIP was awarded the seventh Best Practice in Citizen Participation award by the OIDP (International Observatory of Participatory Democracy).
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New models of localism, devolution of poWers and responsibilities to local parish councils, participatory budgeting and funding, local development incentives, micro urban interventions and bottom-up strategies, adaptable urbanism, participation
Government, local community, lawyers, architects, urban designers, social workers, sociologists, start-ups, neighbourhood associations
Lack of community partnering, fragile neighbourhoods, precarious living conditions, bureaucratic central planning, shrinking city