How opinion leaders view the role of governance in development


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Every year World Bank Group conducts country opinion surveys (COS) to better understand how its work is being perceived on the ground. These surveys help World Bank Group improve its operations, results, and bolster its engagement with countries.
These surveys also allow the Bank Group to get a sense of development priorities, and what kind of projects people think can contribute to poverty reduction and shared prosperity. We looked at these surveys to see how survey respondents view governance’s role in reducing poverty and whether they view governance as a development priority.
Survey respondents are opinion leaders who typically come from national and local governments, media, academia, the private sector and civil society. They are also from multilateral/bilateral agencies.
As you can see in the maps below, for example, in the 2014 survey, in Zimbabwe, 40% of respondents believed governance should be the top development priority and 34% of them believed that governance is the top contributor to poverty reduction.

Explore these maps based on the 2014 survey, and tell us if you are surprised by results in your countries.   
Percentage of respondents perceiving governance as top development priority
Percentage of respondents perceiving governance as top contributor to poverty reduction



Jing Guo

World Bank's Corporate Communications Team

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Tomas Bridle
March 03, 2015

Very interesting. Is the data itself available somewhere?

james martin
March 05, 2015

Valuable-is the report/data available?

Ravi Kumar
March 06, 2015

You can find it here:

John Burton
March 05, 2015

It would be interesting to know what other factors could be listed as contributors. Since it is only about whether governance is "a" top contributor to poverty reduction and not "the" top contributor, you might expect it would be "a" top contributor to a much higher degree than it is. The ones with a high ranking are probably a mix countries with pervasive government (Vietnam), malign government (Zimbabwe), and incompetent government (Haiti).