Economist in Costa Rica

Viviana Solis


Nationality: Costa Rican

Languages: Spanish, English

Economist in Costa Rica

Despite being an upper-middle income country, Costa Rica still faces various development challenges.  The fragile fiscal situation is a key constraint to the achievement of national priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. 

Viviana Solis, the economist in the Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) in Costa Rica is working closely with the Partnerships Officer in the RCO in the design and of a Joint SDG Fund project to strengthen the country’s SDG financing architecture by aligning the fiscal budget with the national development priorities, especially the education sector. As an economist she helped the Government conduct the Development Financial Assessment - a process to take a more integrated approach to SDG financing - analyzed the national priorities vis-à-vis budget allocations, and engaged with private sector to unlock their potential in SDG financing by creating incentives, such as innovative financing mechanisms including blended financing, under the new Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs).  Thanks to this project, the Ministry of Education is now in the process of introducing the results-based budgeting to improve the quality of education.  The project is also expected to support vulnerable populations through further investment in decent housing and social projects, and reorganization of national financing mechanisms to social protection.  

  • Costa Rica
  • Latin America and the Caribbean