OECD Integrity Review of Costa Rica

Safeguarding Democratic Achievements

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Costa Rica is seeking to consolidate democratic gains to safeguard trust in government and build economic resilience. This Integrity Review looks at how Costa Rica can translate its recent National Strategy for Integrity and Prevention of Corruption into a concrete and coherent integrity policy. It also reviews the framework for managing conflict of interest and considers how best to address the lack of regulation on lobbying and promote integrity and transparency in all activities aimed at influencing public decision making. Finally, the Integrity Review analyses Costa Rica’s disciplinary enforcement system, with a view to reinforcing the credibility and effectivity of its integrity policies.

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Ensuring a co-ordinated and coherent public integrity system in Costa Rica

This chapter provides recommendations on how Costa Rica could improve the governance of integrity policy making and implementation. There is a need to articulate and co-ordinate key integrity actors to promote co-operation and the mainstreaming of integrity policies into the whole of government, including the decentralised public administrations. While the recent National Strategy for Integrity and Prevention of Corruption is a milestone towards a comprehensive integrity system, the country needs a permanent integrity policy co-ordination mechanism. In addition, Costa Rica could further build on some successful experiences and strengthen the implementation of the ethics management model.

English Also available in: Spanish


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