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    • 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
      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 from a manager in the Nairobi Public Water and Sewerage utility succinctly captures the impact of MajiVoice, a digital system that logs customer complaints, enables […]
    • 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 […]
    • How to manage revenues from extractives? There’s a book for that! January 23, 2017
        Offshore oil and rig platform. Photo: © curraheeshutter / Shutterstock. Countries with large nonrenewable resources can benefit significantly from them, but reliance on revenues from these sources poses major challenges for policy makers. If you are a senior ministry of finance official in a resource-rich country, what are the challenges that you would face […]
    • Innovative solutions for resource mobilization in Zambia January 17, 2017
      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 resources? Not always, and definitely not in the case of Zambia - until recently. Zambia has a considerable wealth of mineral resources and […]
    • A little handbook that could help bring big results – in revenues and investor certainty January 9, 2017
      Graphic: Boris Balabanov In today’s globalized world, a corporation might have a retail store in one country, a factory in another, and financial services provider in yet a third. Corporate interconnectedness has brought investment and growth, to be sure, but it has also added complexity to the work of tax authorities. Increasingly, developing-economy governments come […]
    • Understanding bureaucracy January 5, 2017
      Photo: © Gennadiy Ratushenko / World Bank State capacity is clearly fundamental to development, and the motivation and productivity of the personnel working in the state is clearly fundamental to state capacity. Government bureaucracies typically employ 15 to 30 percent of all workers, and 50 to 60 percent of formal sector or salaried workers in […]
    • Value for money: Costing Open Government reforms December 21, 2016
      How can governments ensure that they get their money’s worth when they embrace open government reforms?   Ongoing research suggests that open government reforms—those that promote transparency, participation, and accountability—may lead to better development outcomes if properly implemented by governments. However, governments must navigate the myriad of initiative options as they strive to improve citizens’ […]
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