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    • What can governments do to bridge the gap between producers and users of budget information June 14, 2017
      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 they make publicly available. Many countries - including fragile and low-income countries such as Togo and Haiti – have been opening up their budgets to public scrutiny by […]
    • What type of bureaucrat are you? May 22, 2017
      Editor's note: This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank initiative to better understand the world's public officials.   Bureaucracy Board Game Playing Cards, Avalon Hill In the world of public sector bureaucracy, what type of bureaucrat are you?    In the board game 'Bureaucracy', you must assume […]
    • To promote peace and development, let’s talk about government spending on security and criminal justice May 11, 2017
      Governments spend a lot of money to contain violence. In 2015, some $1.7 trillion was spent on defense by governments worldwide . While the primary responsibility for the provision of security and justice services lies with governments, those functions may carry a heavy fiscal burden as they often make up significant portions of national budgets. […]
    • Public Private Partnerships Transparency and Accountability: Where is my data? May 9, 2017
      Most development stakeholders agree on the need to foster more open and transparent Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to ensure that PPP projects provide quality public goods and services to citizens, and that they effectively contribute to pro-poor development outcomes. That sounds great in theory, but in practice, it’s not that easy. PPPs involve a trove […]
    • Procurement Observatories continue to deliver in India May 4, 2017
      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 goal is to collect, analyze and present public procurement policies and data to the public in a more understandable way. These initiatives, inspired by similar approaches in […]
    • Boosting revenues, driving development: Join us to discuss! April 17, 2017
      In a live-streamed event from 1 pm to 2 pm EST on Friday, April 21, the World Bank will host a discussion of a critical development issue: Taxes. The event, Boosting Revenues, Driving Development: Why Taxes are Critical for Growth, will include an illustrious list of panelists, representing many different perspectives:
    • How can Social Accountability address fragility and help societies rebuild? April 6, 2017
      Students in a war torn classroom. Photo: Alex Baluyut / World Bank By 2030, almost half of the world’s poor will be concentrated in countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence.  It’s easy to associate these problems with only poorer countries, but in fact they affect a broader range of countries, and yes, middle income […]
    • Bank supports launch of certificate course on contractual dispute resolution in India March 21, 2017
      Powerlines in Mumbai. Photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank India is the fastest-growing major economy in the world with significant Government investments in infrastructure. According to estimates by WTO and OECD, as quoted in a report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, India: Probity in Public Procurement, the estimated public procurement […]
    • E-bureaucracy: Can digital technologies spur public administration reform? February 16, 2017
      Editor's note: This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank initiative to better understand the world's public officials. Photo: Arne Hoel / World Bank “By introducing an automated customer management system we took a noose and put it around our own necks. We are now accountable!” This reflection […]
    • Toward next-generation performance budgeting February 1, 2017
       Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Performance budgeting (PB) has a deep and enduring appeal. What government would not want to allocate resources in a way that fosters efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, and accountability? However, such aspirations have proven poor predictors of how performance data are actually used. The potential benefits of identifying and tracking the goals […]
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