How can governments ensure that they get their money’s worth when they embrace open government reforms?   Ongoing research suggests that open government reforms—those that promote transparency,…

Daniel Nogueira-Budny, Stephen Davenport, Tiago Carneiro Peixoto |

Photo credit: Dmitry Karyshev Armenia was faced with a slowing economy, sinking remittances, and inefficient tax administration. At the same time, ordinary taxpayers had to navigate arduous…

Julia Oliver, Maximilian Mareis |

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 |

 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Viet Duc / World Bank Many Bank-financed projects, especially those implementing large and complex contracts continually face high risk of implementation…

Elmas Arisoy |

  Tax treaties are like a bathtub; a single leaky one is a drain on a country’s revenues.  Photo: Kris Schroeder  Tax officials and experts grappled with the issue of tax treaties several weeks…

Jim Brumby, Michael Keen |

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 |

Citizens mapping projects at ward level in Makueni County The introduction of “citizen engagement” into law is an idea that is gaining popularity around the world. New provisions in Kenya’s recent…

Tiago Carneiro Peixoto, Annette Akinyi Omolo, Bruce MacPhail |

  Workers construct a culvert along the Nampula – Rio Ligonha Road in Northern Mozambique as part of the Millennium Challenge Corporation's Rehabilitation and Construction of Roads Project.…

Nancy Lee |

Graphic by Nicholas Nam/World Bank If you’re like me, just watching TV or picking up the paper is a constant reminder of issues related to “governance, ” and that’s not just because it’s also my…

Deborah Wetzel |

Data Literacy Bootcamp in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo: Usman Khaliq,  iDT Labs Increasing evidence suggests that, to improve accountability and promote evidence-based decision making, open…

Daniel Nogueira-Budny |