Costa Rica: Good Governance, from Process to Results

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The review analyses key areas of public governance in Costa Rica and identifies opportunities to improve the performance of the state in order to ensure more effective and efficient service delivery for all citizens. It examines co-ordination at the centre of government, public policy monitoring and evaluation and the use of the budget framework for strategic planning. It also looks at human resource management, integrity policies and public procurement, and multi-level governance. The review provides recommendations to assist the government in strengthening the capacity of the public sector to support social and economic development.



Assessment and recommendations

The Republic of Costa Rica is one of the most stable democracies of the Americas. The Political Constitution of the Republic of 1949, including the abolishment of the army, fostered the provision of broad-based access to education and healthcare, as well as the creation of a robust system of checks and balances with a particularly strong position of the Comptroller General and a strong rule of law. Relatively stable, long-term economic growth has contributed to an important investment in basic social services, while a good endowment of human capital and natural amenities has further contributed to socio-economic progress.


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