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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Women in public sector employment

Gender equality is increasingly considered as a key policy priority in the LAC region. As a result, many governments have put forward initiatives aimed at achieving gender equality in their workforce. Achieving gender equality in the public sector is not only an issue of fairness but a means of maximising the use of talent and ensuring that policies reflect the different perspectives existing in the society. In addition, striving for a numerical balance between men and women in the various occupations and by job levels, including managerial positions is also very important. A concrete example of a mechanism that could be used to improve gender balance within the public sector is gender diversity targets.

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