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Latin American and Caribbean Institute for Economic and Social Planning (ILPES) 2002f
Edificio ONU, Av. Dag Hammarskjold s/n Casilla 1567 Santiago , Chile
tel:56-2 201 2506/2507 fax:56-2 206 6104

Organizational Status: Regional institute, founded in 1962.

General Description: ILPES is a permanent body with its own identity that forms part of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC, United Nations). It was created to assist the governments of the region in the areas of public planning and administration by providing training, advice and research services. The institute's activities are focused in the following three areas: 1) Public management and regulation: The main objective in this area is to draw lessons from experiences in state reform and public management in Latin America. Initiatives combine to form a multiyear perspective. Planning, budgeting and results-oriented public management are also analyzed. Methodological innovations concerning forward-looking approaches are applied to global planning. Lastly, experiences in the region are reviewed with respect to the economic regulation of public-service providers. 2) Local and regional management: This covers physical development and land use, the analysis of decentralization of public management, and integrated management of physical, economic, social and environmental aspects of development in subnational areas. A central challenge, within this context, is promoting local and regional strategies for the development of innovative and competitive land-use systems. 3) Projects and investment programming: This covers the development, dissemination and implementation of mechanisms, procedures, methodologies and systems to allow national, regional and local governments to enhance their efficiency and effectiveness in public investment management.

Annual Budget: USD 27 million (1999)

(As of December, 2002)

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