Sustained investment in digital services can be crucial for preparedness and resilience to shocks like a pandemic.

Silvana Kostenbaum, Cem Dener |

Children in Zimbabwe. Photo: CECIL BO DZWOWA / Shutterstock.com During fiscal deficits and recessions, when the pressure on the economy is profound, governments face budget shortfalls. The…

Nazaneen Ismail Ali |

The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program is building a sustainable and nutritious food system in Nigeria that creates jobs for youth. Photo: Dasan Bobo/World Bank For too long the…

Simeon Ehui |

Photo: Nugroho Nurdikiawan Sunjoyo / World Bank The trope of a government office worker, discontent with their work, grumbling about paperwork and administrative tasks, is a cliché. An equally…

Hélène Pfeil |

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I get stirred up by all types of governance data, so in honor of the International Day for Universal Access to Information, I though I’d highlight a few efforts to measure…

Jim Anderson |

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 |

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 |

World Bank-financed school in Vietnam's Can Tho province. Photo: World Bank Vietnam spends an estimated US$25 billion in goods and services each year. Recognizing that an efficient public…

Kien Trung Tran |

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 |

 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tran Viet Duc / World Bank Many Bank-financed projects, especially those implementing large and complex contracts continually face high risk of implementation…

Elmas Arisoy |