How can investments in enforcement, facilitation and trust help governments increase tax collection? Here are lessons from a case study from the Kaduna State in Nigeria.

Marijn Verhoeven, Wilson Prichard |

Nigeria joined the Open Government Partnership in 2016 and made commitments to improve fiscal transparency and public participation in the budgeting process. The World Bank is supporting the…

Stephen Davenport, Kristina Aquino |

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 |

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 |

Entering data. Photo: World Bank In the fiscal transparency arena, people often hear two conflicting claims. First, governments complain that few people take advantage of fiscal information that…

Paolo de Renzio, Massimo Mastruzzi |

Photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank As I have blogged earlier, the World Bank is supporting Procurement Observatories in India. Procurement Observatories are civil society organizations, whose…

Shanker Lal |

While 85 percent of participating OGP countries have digitized their public records, only 16 percent are storing them in secure, professionally managed digital repositories. On April 22 and April…

Anne Thurston, Victoria L. Lemieux |

Mobile phone used by vegetable vendor in the Biombo region of Guinea Bissau.  Photo: Arne Hoel Government reformers and development practitioners in the open government space are experiencing the…

Stephen Davenport, Tiago Carneiro Peixoto |

Dr. Flora Lubowa is a medical officer at the Magomeni Health Center. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: Photo Arne Hoel I have worked on public procurement and governance for most of my life. But I have…

Robert Hunja |

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 |