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Government at a Glance 2019

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Government at a Glance provides reliable, internationally comparative data on government activities and their results in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, the Russian Federation and South Africa. In many public governance areas, it is the only available source of data. It includes input, process, output and outcome indicators as well as contextual information for each country.

The 2019 edition includes input indicators on public finance and employment; while processes include data on institutions, budgeting practices and procedures, human resources management, regulatory government, public procurement and digital government and open data. Outcomes cover core government results (e.g. trust, inequality reduction) and indicators on access, responsiveness, quality and citizen satisfaction for the education, health and justice sectors. Governance indicators are especially useful for monitoring and benchmarking governments’ progress in their public sector reforms.

Each indicator in the publication is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of graphs and/or charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological section on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability.

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Budgeting for environmental and sustainable development

The process and arrangements for allocating public funds are key levers for achieving sustainable development. In recent decades, countries all over the globe have committed to domestic and international objectives for sustainable development, including the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - with the implication to advance national policy responses. To support governments in this context, the OECD is engaging in new approaches to budget planning and preparation, promoting transparency and engagement with citizens and advocating for monitoring and evaluation processes that can support the achievement of national and international commitments. The Paris Collaborative on Green Budgeting is one of these initiatives, working closely with countries to align public revenue and spending processes with environmental and climate goals.

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