School children in Bangladesh. Photo: World Bank A healthy mix of innovation, continuous engagement, and effective implementation can bring about sustained transformation in public procurement. A…

Zafrul Islam |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Inclusion is the new buzzword in international development. From promoting citizen empowerment to fostering pathways out of fragility, it is all about political processes that are more inclusive…

Alina Rocha Menocal |

See high resolution here. While countries around the world reap the benefits of an expanding digital environment, development challenges persist, adversely impacting low-income countries from…

Gina Martinez, Boris Rumenov Balabanov |