In developing countries, a third of GDP flows through government organizations. These investments provide essential public services ranging from health and education to investment in infrastructure. Understanding the determinants of the productivity of these organizations is key to improving the capacity of the public sector and the effective delivery of public goods.
Governance reforms are often long term, complex, and difficult to measure. Rigorous evidence on what works in the sector is, therefore, in short supply with the governance field representing less than 3 percent of registered impact evaluations. The ieGovern initiative aims to help bridge this gap by extending rigorous evaluation methods to the portfolio of World Bank governance projects and beyond.
Understanding Government in the Developing World: James Robinson, University Professor, University of Chicago
Understanding and Fixing Dysfunctional Organizations: Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Oxford
The Challenges and Opportunities of Civil Service Reform in Ghana: Nana Kwesi Agyekum Dwamena, Head of Civil Service, Republic of Ghana
The World Bank's Role in Filling the Evidence Gap: Arianna Legovini, Manager, Development Impact Evaluation
Governance: One Example and What Bank Evaluations Can Add
Jishnu Das, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank
Discussant: Karla Hoff, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, and Co-Director, World Development Report 2015, World Bank
Last Updated: Feb 18, 2016