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An aerial view of Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic. (Photo: IFC)

Dominican Republic to strengthen civil service management with IDB support

An aerial view of Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic. (Photo: IFC)

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$30-million project to strengthen the civil service management in the Dominican Republic.

The programme will focus on boosting the efficiency of human resources management and of civil servants capabilities in order to foster digital transformation.

It should generate fiscal savings and promote civil service transformation by strengthening the merit system principle, following internationally recognised standards established by the Ibero-American Public Service Charter and the Dominican Republic’s Civil Service Institutional Diagnostics recommendations, IDB said.

The façade of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC, United States. (File photo)

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.

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

“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,” IDB said