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RG-T4022 : The Political Economy of Reform. How to Make Reforms Happen

Project Status: Implementation

The TC would finance a series of projects to consolidate recent advances in the political economy of reform and to collect new evidence that will serve to provide more explicit guidance to policy makers that goes beyond "quick wins", "simplicity and 30 second soundbites", and "compensating losers". Policy makers in the region have long been aware of these tactics, but none have been sufficient to accelerate reform. Novel solutions that will be investigated relate to the content, targeting and modality of communication strategies and information; citizen engagement and participation in reform processes; and the interaction of these with digital tools and social media to increase support for reforms. The underlying theme of this agenda is that common strategies of reform have been insufficient to overcome citizen mistrust in public officials  and each other. Hence, loser compensation fails because losers do not believe will be compensated; quick wins fail because they do not persuade citizens that long-term reform objectives are credible. Trust depends on reforms that reduce the informational and power asymmetries between citizens and government, one of the main conclusions of IDB's flagship publication Development in the Americas 2021. Uninformed citizens have no reason to believe that governments will carry out their promises; powerless citizens have no ability to punish governments that fail to carry them out.

Project Detail

Project Number
RG-T4022
Approval date
December 07, 2021
Project Country
Regional
Project Sector
REFORM / MODERNIZATION OF THE STATE
Project Subsector
REFORM AND PUBLIC SECTOR SUPPORT
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/OC-19649-RG

Financial Information

Project Number
RG-T4022
Project Status
Implementation

IDB Financing

Financing type
TCN
Fund
Ordinary Capital
Reporting currency
USD - United States Dollar
Reporting date
Nov/30/2022

Roles & Responsibilities

Contract signature date
Dec/07/2021
Operation Number
ATN/OC-19041-RG

Financial Information

Project Number
RG-T4022
Project Status
Implementation

IDB Financing

Financing type
TCN
Fund
Ordinary Capital
Reporting currency
USD - United States Dollar
Reporting date
Nov/30/2022

Roles & Responsibilities

Contract signature date
Dec/07/2021

Project Information

Total Cost
USD 650,000
Country counterpart financing
USD 0
Amount
USD 650,000

Approved

Title
Type
Project Number
Date Published
TC Document
RG-T4022
December 13, 2021
TC Document
RG-T4022
December 08, 2021
TC Document
RG-T4022
December 08, 2021
TC Document
RG-T4022
December 08, 2021