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Reference no. 423-0008-1B
Published by: Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
Originally published in: 2023
Version: 15 September 2022
Length: 24 pages
Data source: Field research
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Abstract

This is an abridged version of the case. Soledad Núñez was appointed as the housing minister of Paraguay in October 2014. At age 31 and with no experience in public administration, she was now in charge of SENAVITAT, the housing ministry reputed for being one of the most corrupt and ineffective public institutions in the country. For years, the ministry had failed to achieve its housing targets and the country's housing deficit was spiralling. Núñez knew that as a new minister, she would make powerful enemies, and her appointment would be opposed by many within the political establishment. But she was determined to reform the ministry and fight the system of corruption that gripped it. This case study follows Núñez during her difficult first year in office, during which time she created new regulations and processes, committed to transparency, and improved the reputation of the organisation, all while increasing the delivery of homes sixfold. In her efforts to reduce corruption, she had also dismissed Director of Administration Rufino González Flores, a popular and high-ranking official after an investigation found he had been involved in a fraudulent disbursement of almost USD4 million. But now, in December 2015, González had returned to SENAVITAT with a court order reinstating him - and some members of the organisation were celebrating his return. Núñez was shocked: she had worked hard to change the ministry's culture, but González's return threatened to undo her progress. Núñez knew she would need to act quickly if she was to maintain control over the situation. This case has been made available free of charge.

Teaching and learning

This item is suitable for postgraduate and executive education courses.

Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 2015.

Geographical setting

Region:
Americas
Country:
Paraguay

Featured protagonist

  • Soledad Núñez (female), Housing Minister

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Abstract

This is an abridged version of the case. Soledad Núñez was appointed as the housing minister of Paraguay in October 2014. At age 31 and with no experience in public administration, she was now in charge of SENAVITAT, the housing ministry reputed for being one of the most corrupt and ineffective public institutions in the country. For years, the ministry had failed to achieve its housing targets and the country's housing deficit was spiralling. Núñez knew that as a new minister, she would make powerful enemies, and her appointment would be opposed by many within the political establishment. But she was determined to reform the ministry and fight the system of corruption that gripped it. This case study follows Núñez during her difficult first year in office, during which time she created new regulations and processes, committed to transparency, and improved the reputation of the organisation, all while increasing the delivery of homes sixfold. In her efforts to reduce corruption, she had also dismissed Director of Administration Rufino González Flores, a popular and high-ranking official after an investigation found he had been involved in a fraudulent disbursement of almost USD4 million. But now, in December 2015, González had returned to SENAVITAT with a court order reinstating him - and some members of the organisation were celebrating his return. Núñez was shocked: she had worked hard to change the ministry's culture, but González's return threatened to undo her progress. Núñez knew she would need to act quickly if she was to maintain control over the situation. This case has been made available free of charge.

Teaching and learning

This item is suitable for postgraduate and executive education courses.

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Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 2015.

Geographical setting

Region:
Americas
Country:
Paraguay

Featured protagonist

  • Soledad Núñez (female), Housing Minister

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