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Special Program for Institutional Development (SPID)

The SPID supports the efforts of national and subnational governments in Latin America and the Caribbean to advance the development of citizen-centric public sector institutions, in order to make them more effective, efficient, and open.

The SPID finances activities that enable: (i) the generation of knowledge on innovative practices in institutional strengthening; (ii) the Bank’s positioning to provide support to countries interested in designing and implementing innovative institutional reform strategies; (iii) the exchange of knowledge across the region; (iv) the Bank’s policy dialogue with countries on institutional matters; and (v) the strengthening of the design and execution of Bank operations.

Thematic areas

The SPID has two components.The first one supports strengthening national and subnational governments’ capacities to promote managing for results and to strengthen and use country systems, as a mean to deepen the implementation of the Bank’s Strategy for the Strengthening and Use of Country Systems.This component focuses on the following thematic areas:

  • Fiduciary and Non Fiduciary Country Systems, including financial management and procurement systems; national development effectiveness and environmental safeguards systems
  • Strengthening the government strategic center, interagency coordination to achieve multisector results and priority monitoring systems, development of control panels and delivery units (Strengthening the Center of Government)
  • Strategic planning and results based budgeting (Management for Development Results)
  • National public investment and program management systems
  • Impact evaluations on public policies and institutional reforms
  • Statistical systems to enhance information management
  • Dissemination of innovative experiences through publications and seminars and exchanges of experiences between countries, including support for communities of practice, etc. (COPLAC)
  • Gender mainstreaming in the country systems agenda

The second component supportsactivities contributing to institutional development with particular emphasis on institutional reforms and modernization and organizational reengineering with a direct impact on services to citizens.This component supports, for instance, the following activities:

  • Fostering of access to information and joint production of services with citizens (civil society and private sector) through the exchange of information along multiple channels, with particular emphasis on new technologies (Transparency)
  • Use of digital solutions to provide public services
  • Enhance the management of human resources in the public sector, aimed in particular at the management level (Civil Service Website)
  • Provide inputs for legal and organizational design and reform of public sector institutions
  • Design of transparency and accountability mechanisms which enable citizen participation
  • Promotion of strategic partnerships and communication on institutional reforms
  • Transfer of knowledge and dissemination of good practices through regional dialogues (Regional Policy Dialogue)

How to apply to the SPID?

Applying for financing from the SPID requires that the interested institution or organization contact a Bank Specialist. If the project is under the priorities of work between the Bank and the country or countries, the Bank specialist will prepare a proposal that will undergo a selection process, following the governance of the SPID, as described in its operational guidelines.

All proposals submitted to the SPID will follow the Bank’s standard policies and procedures on processing, approval, procurement, disbursement, and reporting.

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