Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2020

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This third edition of Government at a Glance Latin America and the Caribbean provides the latest available evidence on public administrations and their performance in the LAC region and compares it to OECD countries. This publication includes indicators on public finances and economics, public employment, centres of government, regulatory governance, open government data, public sector integrity, public procurement and for the first time core government results (e.g. trust, inequality reduction). 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 of the data, and a methodological section on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability.

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Procurement and the delivery of infrastructure projects

Efficient investment in public infrastructure is crucial for a country’s development. In fact, empirical evidence suggests that reallocating public spending to infrastructure can raise growth rates over the long run (Fournier 2016). Still, infrastructure investment should be grounded in the objective appraisal of economic capacity gaps, infrastructural development needs and sectoral/social priorities, as well as the prudent assessment of the costs and benefits of such investments. In general, LAC governments prepare development plans at the national and subnational levels that include substantial investments for the construction, renovation and maintenance of public infrastructure. The provision of hospitals, water treatment systems, schools and public housing, among other works, allows governments to deliver key public services to citizens and to create economic opportunities, while ensuring social inclusion and environmental sustainability.

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