Illicit trade in tobacco products undermines global tobacco prevention and control interventions, particularly with respect to tobacco tax policy. From a public health perspective, illicit trade…

Sheila Dutta |

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 |

The vignette below was originally published in a new joint report from the World Bank, WHO and OECD, Delivering quality health services: A global imperative for universal health coverage.   Eight…

Cecilia Rodríguez |

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 |

Building seawalls. Photo: Lauren Day/World Bank The first ever meeting of the Heads of Procurement of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) took place on June 20-21 in Barbados with…

Shaun Moss |

Governments spend a lot of money to contain violence. [[tweetable]]In 2015, some $1.7 trillion was spent on defense by governments worldwide[[/tweetable]] . While the primary responsibility for…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Bernard Harborne |

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 |

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 |

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 |