The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with the financial support of the Korea Poverty Reduction Fund, has launched the KLSP Scholarship Program. This is an initiative aimed exclusively at public officials from 22 Latin American and Caribbean countries.
Quality public management is a powerful tool for generating further development. Dynamic civil servants with the skills necessary to design, implement and evaluate successful public policies are essential for attaining this goal.
The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region faces significant institutional development challenges which hinder them from attaining the goal of more effective and efficient governments. These challenges are even more complex for the region’s smaller countries due to the structural constraints that limit their markets and increase their vulnerability to external shocks, as well as their more limited levels of economic and social development. One of the main institutional-development challenges these countries face is the limited availability of professionals required to design, implement and evaluate public policies.
The Republic of Korea represents a model in terms of institutional development and a successful experience in attaining a highly qualified public sector workforce. Noteworthy achievements include its professional civil service and a higher-education system designed to create a set of skills consistent with the public officer profile required by its key public institutions. A long history of Korea-LAC cooperation, through activities supported by the IDB over the last decade, constitutes a favourable environment for smaller LAC countries to learn from Korea’s progress in improving its public-sector human capital to promote economic and social development.