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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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Foreword and acknowledgements

The open government principles of transparency, accountability and citizen participation contribute to making sure that the views and needs of all relevant stakeholders are reflected in the policy-making cycle, hence favouring more inclusive socio-economic development. While the numerous benefits of open government initiatives are widely recognised by countries all over the world, Costa Rica has been one of the first to involve the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the state, along with subnational governments, independent institutions and civil society organisations, in the design and implementation of its national open government agenda, thereby moving towards what the OECD defines as an “open state”.

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