Madagascar's tax collection as a share of GDP is just under 11 percent. Poor compliance by citizens who owe taxes remains a major reason for low tax collection. Mobile text reminders had a…

Tiago Carneiro Peixoto, Herilala Axel Fanomezantsoa, Fredrik Sjoberg, Jonathan Mellon |

Here are 7 things you need to know about taxing sugar-sweetened beverages.

Ceren Ozer |

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 |

 Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Performance budgeting (PB) has a deep and enduring appeal. What government would not want to allocate resources in a way that fosters efficiency, effectiveness,…

Donald Moynihan, Ivor Beazley |

City of Boston skyline. Photo credit: Mattias Rosenkranz 2016.  A new year and a new emphasis on data-driven performance for local government.  Cities are accelerating at a fast pace to put data…

Alice Lloyd |

Also available in: Arabic | French | Spanish In 2015 the world saw great momentum for climate action, culminating in a historic agreement in December to cut carbon emissions and contain global…

Andy Shuai Liu |

​Attending the Future of Energy Summit last month, an annual event hosted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, I was struck – for the second year running – by the rapid pace of cost reductions and…

Oliver Knight |

Public procurement is a linchpin for good governance and effective public service delivery, both of which are critical to the sustainable development of Africa. In many countries throughout the…

Lindsey Marchessault, Quamrul Hasan |

In my last blog post, I showed that while governments are increasingly using the technology to demonstrate that services are improving, their efforts risk being undermined by “gaming” – in other…

Willy McCourt |

Governments are under pressure to show their ever more educated and informed citizens that schools, hospitals and other public services are getting better. Traditionally, they have done that by…

Willy McCourt |