Uses of crowdfunding by local authorities

2016 à 2017
Crowdfunding, a new tool for local sustainable development policies

Background and issues

In keeping with IDDRI’s work on the opportunities offered by the digital transition for sustainable development, this project focuses on the use of crowdfunding initiatives by local authorities and analyses how it may be useful to local sustainable development policies.

Research objectives

This project addresses two main questions:

  1. How are crowdfunding tools used by local authorities?

From partnering with a web platform to promote participatory funding among economic players and local community groups, to crowdfunding a public institution like a school: the range of uses is quite vast.

The goal is to categorize the different types of uses by identifying, for each type, the key characteristics of the projects that are funded (are they funded by community groups or other actors, are the projects for profit or not-for-profit?) and the key players as well as the their interactions (who initiates the project, who funds it, who supports its developers through the course of the project?)

  1. What are the motives of and issues at stake for local authorities?

Crowdfunding holds promises for several different uses: as a tool for alternative financing but also communication, for identifying a political demand, etc. What are the motives and expectations of local authorities vis-à-vis crowdfunding? To what global issues are these expectations connected (falling public revenue, transformation in the relationship between governor and governed, evolving nature of work, etc.)? Does crowdfunding provide alternative or complementary options to existing tools?









10 March 2017 : "Uses of crowdfunding by local authorities" workshop, Maison des Acteurs du Paris durable