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.



Open government leadership and co-ordination from the Centre of Government in Costa Rica

This chapter examines the co-ordination and leadership exercised by the Ministry of the Presidency, the Ministry of Planning and Economic Policy, and the Ministry of Finance, the main Centre-of-Government (CoG) stakeholders responsible for the implementation of open government policies in Costa Rica. It benchmarks the leadership and steering capacity of Costa Rica’s CoG against OECD countries and discusses the most important characteristics of a successful horizontal and vertical policy coordination of open government policies. In order to ensure that the ambitious National Open Government Strategy is successfully implemented, the chapter recommends institutionalising the inter-institutional contact points and creating a system for monitoring and evaluating both the National Strategy and the OGP Action Plan. The chapter further argues that the CoG can only fulfil its ambitious mandate to lead Costa Rica towards an open state when equipped with adequate human and financial resources.


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