This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank initiative to better understand the world's public officials and explores a range of approaches to...

Daniel Rogger |

Women learn computer skills in Pakistan. Photo: Visual News Associates / World Bank Editor's note: This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank...

Shan Aman-Rana |

Almost daily, headlines in the world’s leading newspapers are full of examples of public sector failures: public money is mismanaged or outright misused; civil servants are not motivated or are...

Jana Kunicova |

Photo: World Bank Why digitize public procurement? Many countries have an opportunity to digitally transform public procurement systems to achieve enhanced efficiency, accountability, transparency...

Yolanda Tayler, Nataliya Langburd Wright |

NANKANA SAHIB: PAKISTAN. Photo: Visual News Associates / World Bank The challenge with procuring a high volume of low-value goods is keeping the transaction costs down while still delivering the...

Khalid Bin Anjum |

Editor's note: This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank initiative to better understand the world's public officials. Photo: Arne Hoel / World...

Zahid Hasnain |

Kazakhstan. Photo: Kubat Sydykov / World Bank How large is the share of public procurement to GDP in middle-income and low-income countries and how it is evolving? If sizable, can public...

Simeon Djankov, Federica Saliola, Asif Islam |

See high resolution here. While countries around the world reap the benefits of an expanding digital environment, development challenges persist, adversely impacting low-income countries from...

Gina Martinez, Boris Rumenov Balabanov |

Riding the Lahore Rapid Transit -   photo: Asian Development Bank Successful leaders —presidents of countries, chief executives of corporations, or middle managers of counties — focus on a few...

Zubair Bhatti |

If you want a passport in Pakistan, you wait in line – possibly for hours. You might get to the passport office at the crack of dawn to avoid the queue. The process might be unclear, and there...

Julia Oliver |