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.



Enhancing centre of government co-ordination capacity in Costa Rica

This chapter analyses the role of the centre of government (CoG) in Costa Rica. The chapter elaborates upon OECD tendencies in this area, which underline a shift from a primary administrative support function for the CoG to a position as strategic player with important responsibilities to foster vision, leadership and innovation across the public sector. Country-specific challenges are identified for Costa Rica and these include the high-level of political and public sector fragmentation, as well as capacity constraints at both the technical and strategic level. The chapter formulates recommendations to strengthen the CoG, which include targeted capacity building, a revised model of co-ordinating the institutionally decentralised sector and the introduction of multi-stakeholder follow-up mechanisms for key policy areas.


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