U.S. Mission to Costa Rica: Strengthening Government through Civil Society Engagement
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Objective: Civil society provides support to improve basic local, municipal, or central government services. Proposals should be oriented towards activities by civil society organizations working with governments to improve the delivery of government services, particularly to vulnerable and/or marginalized communities and in areas outside of the Central Valley. These proposals will assist or complement central/local/municipal government efforts to increase and improve services. Illustrative examples include: (1) projects that will increase citizen participation with government and judicial institutions to strengthen security in their neighborhoods; (2) projects that will improve the capacity of government transparency and e-government initiatives; (3) projects intended to improve the provision of basic government services; and (4) projects intended to increase government revenue and are accountable for investing public resources responsibly. Proposals may also support Costa Rica’s goal of protecting 30 percent of its marine area. The government will launch several new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in 2022 and will need citizen and NGO support to improve local and federal governance to better monitor and control access and activities in the MPAs. New governance and cooperative projects will help ensure sustainability and add protections that benefit local communities reliant on tourism and fisheries. Proposals may also assist the government in improving its cyber governance through NGOs or universities to promote an open, secure, interoperable, and reliable Internet, and detect, prevent, and respond to cyber incidents. As the Costa Rican government looks to improve the provision of services via e-government platforms, governance projects that emphasize cybersecurity strategic planning and improved communication amongst cyber offices in the public sector will provide additional support to the security of these e-government initiatives. Proposals should facilitate citizens’ ability to hold the government accountable for its responsibilities.