Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2017

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This second edition of Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean provides the latest available data on public administrations in the LAC region and compares it to OECD countries. It contains new indicators on public finances, centres of government, regulatory governance, open government, digital government and public procurement. This edition also includes a special feature on health budgeting.

After a decade of sustained economic growth reinforced by high commodity prices, economic conditions are deteriorating in the LAC region. In this context, LAC governments are expected to design and deliver more inclusive, transparent  and efficient policies. This report provides policy makers with performance measurements and offers comparative perspective. Good indicators are needed more than ever to help governments make informed decisions and tough choices, in order to  maintain progress and improvements in the region.

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Special feature: Monitoring and execution of health spending

Improving the capacity of national health authorities to engage more effectively with national budgetary authorities is essential to make progress on critical issues about the level of funds to be provided, the quality and efficiency of health public spending and the flexibility with which such funds can be used – while concurrently ensuring accountability for the use of these funds. Efficiency in health expenditure requires good practices during the entire budget cycle: effective allocation mechanisms during budget formulation phase, good operational management practices, coordination mechanisms, measuring and evaluating results, and reporting and monitoring tools are essential to ensure that resources are spent in an efficient way, and following the lines mapped in the initial budget.

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