Colombia: Implementing Good Governance

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Colombia has undergone profound change over the last ten years and has made significant progress in implementing its governance agenda with policies that aim to strengthen its institutions and promote sustainable, inclusive growth in all regions of the country. The Public Governance Review therefore offers advice to help Colombia address its governance challenges effectively and efficiently over time. It provides an assessment and recommendations on how to improve its ability to set, steer, and implement multi-year national development strategy. The Review addresses centre-of-government co-ordination, evidence-based decision-making, multi-level governance and thematic issues related to whole-of-government strategic human resource management, e-government, and public procurement. Overall, strategic agility in managing an efficient and effective public administration that delivers sound policy to citizens and business in support of the country’s security, growth and prosperity, are key to ensuring that Colombia’s government can deliver policy in a way that advances the country’s long-term development, cohesion, competitiveness and prosperity agenda.

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Multi-level governance in Colombia

This chapter highlights the importance of effective and efficient multi-level governance to enhance national development outcomes for citizens and businesses. The chapter highlights the history of Colombia’s approach to multi-level governance, noting the commitment of the central government to decentralisation through the political and fiscal empowerment of sub-national authorities since 1991. The chapter suggests that Colombia build on its successes in this area by focussing on ways to link national and regional strategy-setting and implementation more explicitly in the pursuit of development outcomes, and by building capacity sub-nationally to ensure vertical coherence so that all levels of government can contribute effectively and efficiently to addressing regional disparities and persistent poverty.

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