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

Ceren Ozer |

Entering data. Photo: World Bank In the fiscal transparency arena, people often hear two conflicting claims. First, governments complain that few people take advantage of fiscal information that…

Paolo de Renzio, Massimo Mastruzzi |

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 |

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 |

Local leaders have turned to OpenStreetMaps (OSM), and use targeted drone tracking to document road needs and investment progress.  Photo: Kai Kaiser Amazon is promising to deliver goods with…

Kai Kaiser |

Access to paradise? Photo by authors. GoPro videos have become ubiquitous among mountain bikers. The more adventurous the journey the better. Go viral on social media, and you have a winner. You…

Kai Kaiser, Hanif Rahemtulla, Rogier van den Brink |

Photo: Kenneth Pornillos / World Bank Vote buying has shaped much of Philippine politics throughout history. For many politicians, distributing private goods and cultivating patronage to…

Motoky Hayakawa, Rogier van den Brink, Aleksandra Posarac |

Recently I was asked [[tweetable]]what does it take to be a good citizen? [[/tweetable]] As I was coming up with my list, I realized that the basic rules of being a good citizen were taught to me…

Alice Lloyd |

With the support of the World Bank, the Government of Vietnam is making strides in addressing fraud and corruption risks in the management of development loans more broadly than before. Thanks to…

Adu-Gyamfi Abunyewa |

I like entertaining my western friends with stories of growing up in the post-communist Kazakhstan limbo, when everything ended, but nothing had yet started. Stories of how my friends and I would…

Alua Kennedy |