Digital government initiatives at the national & sub-national levels in China are evolving at a rapid pace. Several specific examples illustrate the current frontiers, but also suggest a…

Junyu Niu, Lesly Goh, Min Zhao, Kai Kaiser |

Women learn computer skills in Pakistan. Photo: Visual News Associates / World Bank Editor's note: This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank…

Shan Aman-Rana |

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 |

NANKANA SAHIB: PAKISTAN. Photo: Visual News Associates / World Bank The challenge with procuring a high volume of low-value goods is keeping the transaction costs down while still delivering the…

Khalid Bin Anjum |

Available in Chinese Graphic: Nicholas Nam/World Bank The idea that economic growth needs good governance and good governance needs economic growth takes us to a perennial chicken-and-egg debate:…

Yuen Ang |

Graphic: Nicholas Nam/World Bank Delivering pension or disability services may sound mundane, but if you have seen the recent award-winning movie,  I, Daniel Blake, it is anything but. As the film…

Jana Kunicova, Zubair Bhatti, Aziza Umarova |

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: Arne Hoel / World…

Zahid Hasnain |

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 |

Chongqing, China. Photo: Li Wenyong / World Bank Procurement is an essential aspect of World Bank operations and international development projects worldwide. The World Bank’s policy on…

Ba Liu Nguyen, Yuan Wang |

Selecting contractors with the right capacity and experience for large value works contracts is critical for implementation and timely completion of the works. How do you achieve that?   The China…

Jianjun Guo |