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Open Government in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is one of the first countries to involve the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the state in the design and implementation of its national open government agenda. The OECD Open Government Review of Costa Rica supports the country in its efforts to build a more transparent, participatory, and accountable government as an essential element of its democracy. This review provides an overview of the current national institutions, legal framework, policies and initiatives that underpin the implementation of open government principles, with a focus on policy co-ordination, citizen participation, and open government policies at the local level. It includes a detailed and actionable set of recommendations to help the country achieve its goal of creating an open state.

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Executive summary

Costa Rica has made important progress in defining and implementing its open government agenda. Indeed, the government made the concept of open government one of the guiding principles of its public administration and defined it as one of the three horizontal pillars of its National Development Plan 2015-18. The election of President Solís Rivera in 2014 provided an important impetus to the country’s open government movement. In fact, the electoral campaign of Solís Rivera was built around the themes of open government and citizen participation.

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