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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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Strategic management and monitoring

In addition to policy coordination, CoGs are also responsible for the strategic management and monitoring of the government’s top priority goals. During the planning phase, this includes working with the relevant line ministries to set specific targets and actionable implementation strategies to achieve them, as well as aligning budget resources behind the strategies. During implementation, this includes monitoring progress and assisting the sectors in unblocking obstacles to enable effective performance. In recent years, a systematic approach to delivery (which some have conceptualised as deliverology) has been adopted worldwide in several CoG institutions at both national and subnational levels of government. This emphasis on delivery has reportedly improved the achievement of priority goals in a number of cases, highlighting the valuable role that CoG units can play in this regard.

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