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RG-T3669 : Better Data, Smarter Technologies and more Efficient Processes: A Roadmap for Greater Fiscal Transparency to Fight Corruption

Project Status: Implementation

The main objective of this technical cooperation (TC) program is to support Latin America and the Caribbean countries in strengthening their fiscal transparency and efficiency, by harnessing the use of data, expanding the body of knowledge about the topic and by designing and implementing action plans aimed at creating better rules, stronger institutions, and efficient processes, to tackle corruption and the mismanagement of public funds. In the face of shrinking budgets, governments in the region have faced the challenge of not only overcoming technical and allocative efficiencies but more importantly curbing corruption for improving the management of their public resources. Tackling transparency and efficiency of fiscal policies and practices have become a key factor to improve (i) public sector's performance, (ii) economic development and growth, and (iii) the quality of and equitable access to public services that are provided to the citizens in the Latin America and Caribbean region. In normal times, fiscal management in Latin America in general struggles to provide adequate services while containing corruption. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has amplified this challenge, given the shot-up demand for medications and medical equipment and services. Existing safeguards might be bypassed due to pandemic urgency. Careful public procurement, enhanced transparency, and rigorous monitoring help deter misbehavior, or detect it early. Where anti-corruption initiatives have been made corruption is less likely, but it is difficult to initiate such reforms during a pandemic. Crucial role of active fiscal management in alleviating the fall-out of COVID-19 pandemic was highlighted in a recent Webinar (June 11, 2020)  "Riding out COVID-19 pandemic: Korea's Economic and Fiscal Reactions" hosted by the Bank's FMM in collaboration with the Korean government, the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MOEF). Speakers and participants alike reaffirmed that in times of economic turmoil aggravated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, benefits of an economic stimulus package can be maximized when it is carried out in a more efficient and transparent manner.

Project Detail

Project Number
RG-T3669
Approval date
April 07, 2021
Project Country
Regional
Project Sector
REFORM / MODERNIZATION OF THE STATE
Project Subsector
TRANSPARENCY AND ANTI-CORRUPTION
Project Type
Technical Cooperation
Project Lending Type
SG
Project Modality
Project Facility Type
Environmental and social impact category
C
Project Status
Implementation
Operation Number
ATN/KR-18570-RG

Financial Information

Project Number
RG-T3669
Project Status
Implementation

IDB Financing

Financing type
TCN
Fund
Public Capacity Building Korea Fund for
Reporting currency
USD - United States Dollar
Reporting date
Nov/30/2022

Roles & Responsibilities

Contract signature date
Apr/07/2021

Project Information

Total Cost
USD 450,000
Country counterpart financing
USD 0
Amount
USD 450,000

Preparation

Title
Type
Project Number
Date Published
TC Abstract
RG-T3669
February 08, 2022

Approved

Title
Type
Project Number
Date Published
TC Document
RG-T3669
April 07, 2021