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 |

Recommendations from this MAPS Assessment, supported by the World Bank, can help the Zambian government make more informed decisions on their next steps to reforming their procurement system.

Nazaneen Ismail Ali, Kristina Aquino, Sarah Reso |

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 |

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 |

Graphic: World Bank Can developing countries create strong Public Financial Management (PFM) systems, without a way to measure progress and make corrections? This would be like a ship sailing…

Srinivas Gurazada |

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 |

Copyright: Global Partnership for Social Accountability The saying goes, ‘water is life’, and how so true! But water also drives economic and social development. Clean water supply is vital for…

Jeff Thindwa |

Industrial area in the city of Kitwe, Zambia - located in the copper belt. Photo: Arne Hoel What would you expect in a mineral rich developing country? High Government revenues from the mineral…

Srinivas Gurazada |

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 |

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 |