Multi-dimensional Review of Paraguay

Volume 3. From Analysis to Action

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Paraguay has set itself ambitious development goals for 2030. To achieve them, it will have to tackle two major challenges: buttressing sources of sustainable economic prosperity and putting the country on a more inclusive development path. Progressing towards a more inclusive society will require a broad and vigorous reform agenda. First, the country’s healthcare system requires systemic reform to widen its coverage, reduce Paraguayans’ vulnerability in the face of health risks and increase the efficiency of health service provision. Second, the social protection system needs to overcome its fragmentation and become more effective in delivering the right services and risk management tools to citizens according to their needs. In particular, the pension system requires reforms to increase its coverage and become more equitable and more sustainable. Third, the quality and the inclusiveness of its education and training system need to be strengthened to generate the skills the economy needs, and provide opportunities to all. Based on the analysis and recommendations undertaken in Volumes 1 and 2 of this Multi-dimensional country review, this report identifies key areas for action and presents targeted action plans to kick-start reform. The report also provides a dashboard of monitoring indicators to support the reform agenda in the country.

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Executive summary

Paraguay has experienced dynamic development since the early 2000s. Growth has been strong, supported by a solid macroeconomic policy framework, and has enabled the country to reduce extreme poverty from 12% down to 4% between 2010 and 2017. At the same time, the population’s well-being improved thanks to better access to electricity, sanitation, education and health. Nevertheless, inequality remains high and persistent and the country’s tax and benefit system only decreases inequality by 2%, a low figure by regional and OECD standards.

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