Information about fiscal measures and other policies to respond to the emergency, continue public expenditure, and support economic recovery.
Strengthening the management of public investment in Latin America and the Caribbean: lessons learned and a vision for the future
Discover how to promote transparency, citizen participation, monitoring tools and technologies to improve management and quality of public investment, facing up to the pandemic crisis. Read the blog here (content in Spanish).
Digital VAT in times of COVID-19
This article analyzes the impact of the rise of the digital economy during the COVID-19 crisis on the value added tax in Latin America. Read the blog here (content in Spanish).
Subnational governments and coronaviruses: actions and lessons learned from the region
Discover five critical objectives to support subnational governments to enhance their crisis response capacity to offset the public health emergency and mitigate the economic and social impacts on citizens. Read the blog here (content in Spanish).
Treasuries are essential during the emergency: how they operate and transfer cash during the pandemic
Learn about digital solutions for direct cash transfers and how the treasury continuity plan works during the COVID-19 emergency in Latin America. Read the blog here (content in Spanish).
Journey to the unknown dimension: fundamental policy options and fiscal risks in times of COVID-19
This article discusses options for macroeconomic policies ahead of the COVID-19 and possible impacts on fiscal risks. Read the blog here (content in Spanish).
Plutarch, birds and integrity in the use of COVID-19 resources
Discover the potential of using digital technologies to improve the ability to detect irregularities and increase transparency. Read the blog here (content in Spanish).
Electronic tax invoice and virtual services support business continuity in Brazil during the COVID-19 pandemic
Learn about digital solutions that allow states to continue raising resources to maintain the provision of essential services for citizens and businesses. Read the blog here (content in Spanish).
Digital innovation for more efficient public procurement in health: Electronic invoicing as a price parameter
This article explains how strong investments in technology and process reengineering has allowed Brazil to boost revenues, improve efficiency and control of public spending, and provide better services to citizens. Read the blog here (content in Spanish).
3 key measures so that the health emergency does not become an integrity crisis
Learn about a platform that offers greater transparency of public spending in times of emergency so that citizens can be informed, monitor and participate. Read the blog here (content in Spanish).
Virtual taxpayer assistance allows the continuity of the tax business and is strategic in times of the coronavirus
Learn the story of the virtual assistant Teresa is working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so that the citizens of Piauies in Brazil can answer their questions in moments of social isolation in front of COVID-19. Read the blog here (content in Spanish)
Coronavirus Crisis Communications: 10 Practical Recommendations for Local Governments
The containment measures to fight the disease present governments with communication challenges to change behaviors. Discover ten practical recommendations to improve communications in the face of coronavirus crises. Read the blog here.
How to protect the quality of essential public services during the crisis?
To protect the quality of essential public services during the current crisis, it is fundamental to strengthen human resource management in governments. Moreover, it is vital that the measures for mandatory contributions of public servants to crisis funds include prerogatives to limit the negative impact on the provision of services. Read the blog here (content in Spanish).
Fiscal policy and management during the pandemic and post-pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean
Learn how the region needs to design effective fiscal policies to secure the necessary funds to combat the pandemic and reduce the negative impact on the economy and social welfare. Read the blog here.
Ideas for better taxation after the COVID-19 crisis
The region is facing an unprecedented crisis and needs to design effective policies to secure the necessary funds to combat the pandemic and reduce its impact on the economy and public finances. Read the blog here.
Possible macro-fiscal consequences of COVID-19 in Latin America
This article presents how to establish correction mechanisms towards a path of fiscal consolidation with a complementarity between the fiscal authorities and the fiscal councils / committees of the region. Read the blog here (content in Spanish).
Subnational governments and coronavirus: five critical actions that we support from the IDB
The Subnational Governments of Latin America and the Caribbean, in coordination with the central governments, play a critical role in overcoming the crisis caused by the pandemic. Learn more about five critical areas of action for subnational governments and how the IDB is supporting their work. Read the blog here.
Official statistics in times of Coronavirus: Continuity without contact
The crisis has highlighted the importance of generating timely and reliable official statistics to monitor the progression of the disease, detect vulnerable groups, measure the impact of isolation policies, the economy, and project future needs. Read the blog here (content in Spanish).
Privacy and Coronavirus: How much does data confidentiality matter in crisis management?
Learn about the importance of personal data protection in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and what mechanisms should be developed to ensure its proper use, minimize information exposure and ensure data protection now and in the future for its citizens. Read the blog here (content in Spanish).
5 procurement strategies for navigating the COVID-19 crisis from around the world
This article discusses how governments need to adjust their procurement strategies and management to meet the needs for greater medical supplies and equipment to fight the pandemic. (Source: Open-Contracting.org) Read more here.
Fiscal Policy in the Time of Coronavirus: Constraints and Policy Options for Latin American and Caribbean Countries
The region did well during the 2008-2009 Great Recession. With more debt and wider fiscal deficits, the challenges are much harder in responding to the coronavirus. Read the blog here.
COVID-19: Transparency to ensure effective policies in times of crisis
The role of digital tools to promote greater transparency and reduce corruption during periods of crisis. Read the blog here. (content in Spanish)
Latin America has experienced sudden stops in the past. The coronavirus takes the challenge to a new level
This article delves into how the current economic crisis, propelled by the coronavirus, differs from other crises in the past. Here we analyze what to expect and how to proceed when a country’s external financial aid is interrupted. Click here for more.
Crisis prevention and recovery: Suggestions for the emergency
This document published by UNDP discusses public policy proposals for Latin America and the Caribbean to face the worldwide economic recession caused by the pandemic. (Source: UNDP) Read more here.
The fiscal gap COVID-19 could leave in Central America
This article tackles the need for a temporary fiscal policy response in Central America and the Dominican Republic, since the economic shock of the pandemic is also temporary (Source: Forbes Central America) Read more here. (content in Spanish)
Preparing Public Financial Management Systems to Meet Covid-19 Challenges
This blog offers recommendations for governments about how to strengthen their public financial management systems facing the impacts of COVID-19 in fiscal matters (Source: IMF). Read more here.
COVID-19 Pandemic and Latin America and the Caribbean: Time for Strong Policy Actions
In this blog, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) provides information about the pandemic’s economic impact in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to countries’ regional and national features (Source: IMF). Read more here.
Fiscal Policies to Protect People During the Coronavirus Outbreak
This blog revolves around the need for governments and the global community to prioritize investment in public health (Source: IMF). Read more here.