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 |

Children in Zimbabwe. Photo: CECIL BO DZWOWA / Shutterstock.com During fiscal deficits and recessions, when the pressure on the economy is profound, governments face budget shortfalls. The…

Nazaneen Ismail Ali |

Illicit trade in tobacco products undermines global tobacco prevention and control interventions, particularly with respect to tobacco tax policy. From a public health perspective, illicit trade…

Sheila Dutta |

Blog reader: “Dan! The government is one big system. Why didn’t your blog on the latest research on the quality of governance take this into account?” Dan (Rogger): “Well, typically frontier…

Daniel Rogger |

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) crisis ended more than a year ago in Liberia. It resulted in over 10, 000 cases and 5, 000 deaths. For many children, the crisis continues through intrusive memories…

Rianna Mohammed-Roberts, Sarah McCune |

Turkey is a transcontinental country, with territory contiguously spanning two continents. It is bordered by eight countries and is circled by sea on three sides. The international airport in…

Prof. Dr. Recep Akdağ |

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 |

While 85 percent of participating OGP countries have digitized their public records, only 16 percent are storing them in secure, professionally managed digital repositories. On April 22 and April…

Anne Thurston, Victoria L. Lemieux |

Liberians visit the grave sites of lost loved ones on Decoration Day at Disco Hill Cemetery, in Monrovia, Liberia on March 09, 2016. About 3600 suspected Ebola victims are buried in Disco Hill…

Melanie Mayhew |