Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2024

The 2024 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. It includes indicators on trust in public institutions and satisfaction with public services, as well as evidence on good governance practices in areas such as the policy cycle, budgeting, public procurement, infrastructure planning and delivery, regulatory governance, digital government and open government data. Finally, it provides information on what resources public institutions use and how they are managed, including public finances, public employment, and human resources management. Government at a Glance allows for cross-country comparisons and helps identify trends, best practices, and areas for improvement in the public sector. 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.

Published on March 13, 2024 Latest available edition in: Portuguese, Spanish

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Executive Summary: Key facts and data
Strengthening participation, public management and integrity to build trust and support the green transition in Latin America and the Caribbean
Structure and indicators
Trust in government3 chapters available
Trust in government
Satisfaction with public services
Political efficacy and representation
Governance of the policy cycle7 chapters available
Functions of the centre of government
Strategic management and monitoring in the centre of government
Communication functions of the centre of government
Public communication campaigns
Rule of law
Financing of political parties and electoral campaigns
Managing conflicts of interest and lobbying
Open government4 chapters available
Participation in the open government policy cycle
Tools to increase the reach and inclusiveness of stakeholders’ participation
Open government literacy in public administrations
Improving the implementation of access to information laws
Regulatory governance5 chapters available
General trends and institutional settings in regulatory policy
Stakeholder engagement for regulation
Regulatory impact assessment
Ex post evaluation and administrative simplification
Resourcing of economic regulators
Budgeting practices4 chapters available
Green budgeting
Gender budgeting
Spending reviews
Special feature: Managing health spending during COVID-19
Managing public procurement5 chapters available
Size of public procurement
E-procurement and transparency of the public procurement process
Professionalisation of public procurement
Alignment of public procurement strategies with social objectives
Integrating public procurement processes with other public governance areas
Infrastructure planning and delivery4 chapters available
Long-term strategy for sustainable infrastructure
Assessment of value for money and affordability of infrastructure projects
Life cycle perspective in infrastructure procurement
Open, inclusive and transparent infrastructure projects
Digital government and open government data3 chapters available
Designing and delivering inclusive and user-driven public services
Developing scalable and secure digital public infrastructure
Open government data
Public revenues5 chapters available
General government revenues
General government structure of tax revenues
Revenue structure by level of government
General government gross debt
Fiscal revenues from non-renewable natural resources (NRNR)
Public spending6 chapters available
General government expenditures
Structure of general government expenditures by economic transaction
Expenditure structure by level of government
General government fiscal balance
General government structural balance
Cost effectiveness
Public employment and representation5 chapters available
Employment in the public sector
Age profile of the central government workforce
Diversity in public sector employment
Gender equality in politics
Youth representation in politics
Managing human resources6 chapters available
Identifying and proactively attracting public servants
Assessment and selection practices in the public service
Management of senior public servants
Performance appraisal and accountability of senior public servants
Tools to promote diversity and inclusion in the public service
Compensation of civil servants
Annexes6 chapters available
OECD Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance (iREG) for Latin America 2022
Methodology for composite indexes on green budgeting and gender budgeting
OURdata Index
Classification and definition of occupations
Methodology for composite indexes on Strategic Human Resource Management
Additional figures accessible online
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