Governance

Strengthening governance through the World Bank’s Fund for the 77 poorest countries

This post originally appeared on the World Bank blog. In my blog “The Governance Gap – can we bridge it?”, I stressed that strengthened institutions and improved governance are especially critical for the world’s most vulnerable countries in IDA, the World Bank’s Fund for the 77 poorest countries. IDA is the single largest source of funds for basic social services for these governments and every three years, members representing IDA’s 173 donor and borrowing member countries meet to...

The Governance Gap: Can we bridge it?

Graphic by Nicholas Nam/World Bank   If you're like me, just watching TV or picking up the paper is a constant reminder of issues related to “governance,” and that's not just because it's also my job. People are not happy with the state of their governments these days. Distrust is running high; fiscal pressures are mounting; service delivery doesn't reach the poorest people; corruption scandals abound and conflict seems on the rise. The World Bank's latest country surveys that polled...