Since 1990, CIDADE – Urban Studies and Advisory Center has been receiving support from several organizations, which has guaranteed the development of its working lines. Including structural projects and small activities, since then the following institutions have supported our organization: Inter-American Foundation (IAF); Ford Foundation; MacArthur Foundation; KZE/ Misereor; World Bank; ACDI- Canada; IBP-International Budget Project- CDRF-China; CIMAS- Observatório Internacional de Cidades e Meio Ambiente Sustentável/Universidade Complutence de Madrid; OXFAM/NOVIB; Transnational Institute/TNI; Bradford University; Centro Universitário Metodista–IPA, among others.
The projects of the organization are developed by a team formed by professional technical and support advisors and also by collaborators. Currently CIDADE has been developing two projects financed by KZE/Misereor e OXFAM/NOVIB as follows:
Training for citizenship, knowledge about public management, analysis of social policies, research, and sharing information with participants in public spaces of communitarian organization, as well as popular communities in general, strengthening the democratic administration, especially through Participative Budgeting, and also strengthening the community based organizations in the region of Porto Alegre; and
The opening of a space for a movement-network able to bring the social struggles back to the political and economical fields, beyond the simple social assistance:
(a) As a network, it implies the exchange of methodologies among countries with participative democracy experiences, as well as the development of common strategies and efforts to move forward in the effective strengthening of the local sources of popular power; and
(b) As a movement, it implies in the defense of some basic principles of participative democracy (direct participation, self-regulation, binding power, popular control, budget transparency, among others), confronting the current tendency of transforming popular participation in a tool of social normalization complementary to the fiscal adjustment policies.