With the help of Nepal’s Office of the Auditor General (OAG), which is supported by the World Bank, local citizens are taking back control and enforcing rule of law to defend Nepal’s Fewa Lake, an…

Franck Bessette, Anjalee Thakali |

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 |

School children in Nepal. Graphic: Nicholas Nam/World Bank [[tweetable]]Thirty years ago, almost everyone in Nepal — except for a few professionals and business people — would have been classified…

Ravi Kumar |

Photo: SkyPics Studio/Shutterstock Data on the sharing economy (Uber, Airbnb and so on) are scarce, but a recent study estimates that the revenue growth of these platforms has been dramatic. In…

Hernan Winkler |

 Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Performance budgeting (PB) has a deep and enduring appeal. What government would not want to allocate resources in a way that fosters efficiency, effectiveness,…

Donald Moynihan, Ivor Beazley |

 Also available in Spanish Surya and Saraswati Adhikari on their biodiverse farm, Nepal. Photo credit: Bioversity International/J. Zucker The Himalayan mountain village of Begnas sits in a valley…

M. Ann Tutwiler |

School children in Kingston, Jamaica. Strong public financial management affects all facets of government spending, including education. Photo credit: UN Photo/Milton Grant  Finance ministers,…

Samia Msadek |

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 |

​ ​​Photo: © Jonathan Ernst/World Bank A neighborhood road a minute walk away from my house in the southern plains of Nepal used to be paved. When I was a kid, it was usable during all seasons.…

Ravi Kumar |