Although the World Bank Group adopted the Governance and Anti-corruption (GAC) Strategy in March 2007, it has not done as much as it could have to let relevant global publics know what it is doing on governance, what it is learning and what it is achieving. Thankfully, all that is now about to change.
First, beginning this week is a new blog: Governance for Development. According to Brian Levy, editor of the new blog, the goal is 'to provide a forum among World Bank Group staff engaged in the GAC-mainstreaming endeavor and the wider development community for sharing, reflection and discussion as to the implications of GAC mainstreaming for development work'. The new blog is a collective effort, and it promises to be a fascinating forum for, hopefully, robust exchanges and sharing in the months and years ahead. I will be contributing to the new blog from time to time. Do check it out.
Second, The GAC Portal is now externally accessible. Until now, it has been the exclusive preserve of World Bank staff. The portal promises to be a repository of knowledge on governance. Already, it contains materials contributed by different communities of practice, and regional teams. There are documents, operational lessons, frameworks of all kinds, training modules and so on. Do check it out and come back to it again and again.
Here is hoping the new resources and forums encourage vigorous debate and sharing on governance as a crucial contributor to development effectiveness in the months and years ahead.
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