We love local. Whether it’s buying vegetables directly from your local farmer, frequenting a neighborhood business, or working as a community activist, many of us believe that solutions to some of…

Marcus Holmlund, Felipe Dunsch |

Running a local government is not sexy. It’s making sure that roads are maintained, there is water to drink, health clinics are stocked and staffed, and schools are equipped to teach. Often, it…

Marcus Holmlund, Felipe Dunsch |

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 |

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 |

In Gaile Parkin's novel Baking Cakes in Kigali, two women living in Kigali, Rwanda – Angel and Sophie – argue over the salary paid to a development worker: "Perhaps these big…

David Evans |

Photo: EMBARQ Brasil/FlickrTambém disponível em português. While bus services are often planned and coordinated by public authorities, many cities delegate day-to-day operations to private…

Shomik Mehndiratta, Bianca Bianchi Alves |

This page in: Arabic | Français | 中文 In a world divided over how to deal with such serious problems as terrorism, immigration, free trade, and climate change, governments agree on the urgency of…

Luis Triveno, Michael J. Lea |

Burkina Faso has embarked on a journey to put public data infrastructure at the heart of social and economic development. But what does this mean? And why should ICT and digital data be a priority…

Samia Melhem, Axel Rifon, Pierre Chrzanowski, Abdoul Malick Tapsoba |

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 |

Also available in: Español Santiago de Chile. Photo: alobos Life via Flickr (under CC license)  Note from the editors: The following is an interview with Patricia Arriagada, former acting…

Dmitri Gourfinkel |