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.



Strengthening the budget framework for strategic planning in Costa Rica

This chapter assesses Costa Rica’s budgetary governance. Whereas the budget process is well institutionalised and regulated, a number of key challenges have been identified. Challenges include the fact that a large share of the budget falls outside the budgetary process headed by the Ministry of Finance, next to high budget rigidities, a lack of fiscal space and weak fiscal constraints. The chapter formulates recommendations in order to create and ensure fiscal space for government priority spending, align institutionally decentralised institutions with government priorities and ensure fiscal sustainability, allowing the country to finance and implement the priorities set out in the National Development Plan in a sustainable way.


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