Almost daily, headlines in the world’s leading newspapers are full of examples of public sector failures: public money is mismanaged or outright misused; civil servants are not motivated or are…

Jana Kunicova |

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 |

Editor's note: This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank initiative to better understand the world's public officials. Photo: © Gennadiy…

Daniel Rogger, Chris Lewis |

There are few better ways to reveal whether a government’s rhetoric matches reality than examining how it raises and spends public money. Are funds being spent on the things it said they would be…

Paolo de Renzio |

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 |

Participants of data literacy program in Sudan. Photo: Sandra Moscoso What do you do when facing a tough decision, like buying a home or selecting the right location for your new business? What…

Sandra Moscoso |

YouTube: not just a source of endless entertainment. YouTube is a source of endless entertainment. It also has more meaningful content, such as video recordings of meetings between then deputy…

Jim Brumby |

​A tourist eyeing the gorgeous azure waters around Zanzibar, Tanzania, might think about taking a frolic in the waves, but for local fishers, the sea means business--the seafood business.

Alice Lloyd |