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The Political Economy of Reform. How to Make Reforms Happen
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

Country

Regional

Project Number

RG-T4022

Approval Date

December 7, 2021

Project Status

Implementation

Project Type

Technical Cooperation

Sector

REFORM / MODERNIZATION OF THE STATE

Subsector

REFORM AND PUBLIC SECTOR SUPPORT

Lending Instrument

-

Lending Instrument Code

-

Modality

-

Facility Type

-

Environmental Classification

Likely to cause minimal or no negative environmental and associated social impacts

Total Cost

USD 650,000.00

Country Counterpart Financing

USD 0.00

Original Amount Approved

USD 650,000.00

Financial Information
Operation Number Lending Type Reporting Currency Reporting Date Signed Date Fund Financial Instrument
ATN/OC-19041-RG Sovereign Guaranteed USD - United States Dollar Ordinary Capital Nonreimbursable
ATN/OC-19649-RG Sovereign Guaranteed USD - United States Dollar Ordinary Capital Nonreimbursable
Operation Number ATN/OC-19041-RG
  • Lending Type: Sovereign Guaranteed
  • Reporting Currency: USD - United States Dollar
  • Reporting Date:
  • Signed Date:
  • Fund: Ordinary Capital
  • Financial Instrument: Nonreimbursable
Operation Number ATN/OC-19649-RG
  • Lending Type: Sovereign Guaranteed
  • Reporting Currency: USD - United States Dollar
  • Reporting Date:
  • Signed Date:
  • Fund: Ordinary Capital
  • Financial Instrument: Nonreimbursable

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Implementation Phase
https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-120930676-20
TC Document - Disclosure_54137.pdf
Published Dec. 13, 2021
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https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-120930676-18
Terms of Reference_38876.pdf
Published Dec. 08, 2021
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https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-120930676-19
Procurement Plan_98898.pdf
Published Dec. 08, 2021
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https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-120930676-17
Results Matrix_32497.pdf
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