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Dominican Republic to strengthen civil service management with IDB support

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $30 million project to strengthen the civil service management in the Dominican Republic. The program will focus on boosting the efficiency of human resources management and of civil servants capabilities in order to foster digital transformation.

The project will promote civil service transformation by strengthening the merit system principle following internationally recognized standards established by the Ibero-American Public Service Charter and the Dominican Republic’s Civil Service Institutional Diagnostics recommendations.

Within this framework a number of actions will be undertaken, including reviews of both functional and optimal-staffing levels in public institutions, payroll audits to ensure adequate wage payments, the gradual rectification of salary inequalities, and personnel training, among others.

The project will also help close the civil service gender gap by developing inclusive policies and tools. Among other goals, it will seek to contribute to an increase in the percentage of women filling leadership positions in the public sector.

The initiative places great emphasis on innovation and technology and aims to enable a leap forward in the Public Administration Ministry’s digital transformation with the adoption of tools to aid the decision-making process and improve data quality, the interoperability of the human resources ecosystem, and a transition towards the digital signature, digital identification, and digital record-keeping that take cybersecurity and other essential criteria into account.    

Public service represents one of the largest shares of public spending. For this reason, strengthening civil service management is crucial to the government’s efforts to boost public value and provide better services to Dominican Republic citizens. The program is expected to generate fiscal savings an enable better workforce planning as well as the automation of human resources management tasks.

Digital transformation is one of the five pillars of Vision 2025 – Reinvesting in the Americas, the IDB’s roadmap for economic recovery and sustainable development. Through programs like this, the Bank is strengthening the public agencies governing digital transformation and pushing forward national digital agendas throughout the region.

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