How can governments ensure that they get their money’s worth when they embrace open government reforms?   Ongoing research suggests that open government reforms—those that promote transparency,…

Daniel Nogueira-Budny, Stephen Davenport, Tiago Carneiro Peixoto |

Photo credit: Dmitry Karyshev Armenia was faced with a slowing economy, sinking remittances, and inefficient tax administration. At the same time, ordinary taxpayers had to navigate arduous…

Julia Oliver, Maximilian Mareis |

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 |

 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Viet Duc / World Bank Many Bank-financed projects, especially those implementing large and complex contracts continually face high risk of implementation…

Elmas Arisoy |

  Tax treaties are like a bathtub; a single leaky one is a drain on a country’s revenues.  Photo: Kris Schroeder  Tax officials and experts grappled with the issue of tax treaties several weeks…

Jim Brumby, Michael Keen |

Photo credit: Graham Crouch/World Bank In my blog “The Governance Gap – can we bridge it?”, I stressed that strengthened institutions and improved governance are especially critical for the world’…

Deborah Wetzel |

  Workers construct a culvert along the Nampula – Rio Ligonha Road in Northern Mozambique as part of the Millennium Challenge Corporation's Rehabilitation and Construction of Roads Project.…

Nancy Lee |

Graphic by Nicholas Nam/World Bank If you’re like me, just watching TV or picking up the paper is a constant reminder of issues related to “governance, ” and that’s not just because it’s also my…

Deborah Wetzel |

Data Literacy Bootcamp in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo: Usman Khaliq,  iDT Labs Increasing evidence suggests that, to improve accountability and promote evidence-based decision making, open…

Daniel Nogueira-Budny |

An overhaul of Dispute Boards looks to prevent delays in the creation of new infrastructure, such as the construction of roads and railways. Photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank A significant…

Shanker Lal |