Effective management of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) can offer countries a layer of defense for fiscal resilience and sustainability when resources become scarce due to natural disasters.

Ruxandra Burdescu, Jana Kunicova, Joy ten Berge |

This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank initiative to better understand the world's public officials and explores a range of approaches to…

Daniel Rogger |

Photo: World Bank
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 |

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 |

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 |

[[tweetable]]What’s a major challenge for Romanian taxpayers?[[/tweetable]] They spend hours waiting in line at tax offices.   In March 2014, with support of the World Bank, a Delivery Unit (DU)…

Andrea Sitarova, Alberto Leyton |

A team of NAFA young professionals receives an award in recognition for their work to help Romanians register and pay taxes online [[tweetable]]Nobody likes paying taxes.[[/tweetable]] But taxes…

Ismail Radwan |

Source: Bertelsmann Stiftung Sustainable development was once thought of as primarily a concern for the poorer, so-called “developing” countries. Today, with industrial civilization spreading…

Craig James Willy |

Photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank In late June, we sent two of our bravest colleagues, Marta and Marcelo, on a daring mission into the Tundra, close to the Arctic Circle. Even though the…

Arturo Herrera Gutierrez, Courtney Price Ivins, Marcelo Buitron |

Photo: Daniel Kozak, World Bank The first time I came to Bucharest in 2013 the Bank office offered to arrange a pick up from the airport. Being a seasoned traveler, I declined the offer. I…

Ismail Radwan |