The 2017 Global RIA Awards – Highlighting Innovation and Impact of Regulatory Impact Assessments (RIA) in Developing and Transition Countries.
January 05-April 07, 2017

The World Bank Group, in collaboration with the Centre for European Governance, University of Exeter, UK, is pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural Global RIA Awards.

The World Bank in collaboration with the Centre for European Governance, University of Exeter, UK, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Global regulatory impact assessments (RIA) Awards. The 2017 Global RIA Awards were introduced to encourage teams and public officials who have managed to think outside the box or walked the extra mile to ensure available tools and resources have been used the best way possible in the development of new policies. This year saw the submission of an encouraging number of nominations for the following categories:

A. Influential RIAs

This category entails cases where RIA has been able to influence the way policymakers think of a policy problem and has had impact on the regulatory outcome. This could take place for instance through well-conducted analyses, new data, and innovative regulatory alternatives.

B. Innovative data collection and consultation

The availability and quality of data is a major hurdle for RIA practitioners around the world. This category of the RIA award will reward RIAs that have been able to find innovative solutions to overcome scarcity of data, for instance through reconsideration of available data sources and new ways to consult with stakeholders.

C. Inventive regulatory alternatives

RIA is a tool to present during the design phase the different available options to solve a specific problem. This category will reward submissions having proposed solutions that challenge traditional ways of thinking, and that provide solutions that are fit for purpose.

After a comprehensive review, the evaluation committee was able to select one winner, and one or several honorable mentions, from each category.

The winners and honorable mentions of the 2017 Global RIA Awards were selected by the following panel*:

Professor Claire Dunlop, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, University of Exeter

Peter Ladegaard, Global Lead, Regulatory Policy and Management, The World Bank

Andreja Marušić, Global Lead, Business Environment, The World Bank

Serhiy Osavolyuk, Senior Private Sector Specialist, The World Bank

Professor Claudio Radaelli, Jean Monnet Chair in European Public Policy, Director, Centre for European Governance, University of Exeter

The winners are listed here.

* The World Bank has supported RIA reforms in numerous developing countries. However, members of the panel have not taken part in the panel’s assessment of proposals from those countries where they have recent work experience.

Armenia (Winner)

Category A

Meat production chain in the Republic of Armenia

One of the first RIAs developed within the Government of Armenia’s new RIA system addresses the serious problem of food safety related to meat in Armenia. This RIA presented innovative options for improvements throughout the meat value chain starting from primary production until consumption, including restrictions on animal butchering outside of slaughter houses. The RIA impacted regulations and food safety in the country, paving the way to move from the obsolete post-Soviet control to modern and efficient system, based on the best international practice, while also being instrumental in shaping new practices of policymaking in the government.

Brazil (Winner)

Category B

Helmets for cyclists

The National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro) faced a demand for regulation of sports helmets, notably for cycling. However, there was no evidence or records of problems or risks related to such products. In addition to analyzing the risks related to helmets, Inmetro also collected consumers’ perceptions of the risks through a survey. The resulting RIA did not identify need for regulation, but led to an information campaign due to the low level of awareness among consumers.

Bosnia and Herzegovina (Winner)

Category C

Analysis on Establishing the System of Impact Assessment in the Preparation of Policies/Regulations in the Institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina used RIA to develop a clear RIA methodology for state institutions. The problem was that laws were drafted without proper analysis and explanations, laws were subject to frequent amendments, and an acknowledged need to introduce assessments of financial, social, economic and environmental impacts in the regulatory process. The RIA included analysis of RIA methodology applied in neighboring countries and subnational entities, as well as broad consultation. After adoption of new methodology, subnational entities consider aligning their rules on RIA with the new ones.

Samara Region, Russian Federation (Honorable mention)

Category A

Samara region’s regulatory legal act project that involves business and investment aspects

A RIA concluded that the new law regulating entities’ connection to the public highways of regional or inter-municipal significance would favor major investors, while for small and medium companies the situation would remain extremely unfavorable. The RIA forced the drafting ministry to modify the draft act in order to better cater to small companies. The amendments led to a balancing of interests, and an increase in applications for connections.

Uganda (Honorable mention)

Category A

National Fertilizer Policy

Uganda’s RIA had large impact since the country has the lowest uptake of organic and inorganic fertilizer in the world. As the third RIA document produced in the country it will also have immense future impact on the way RIAs is carried out in the country, as it brought lessons on how to deal with diverging stakeholder interests, new ways for policies to set targets, and coordination in policymaking.

Ulyanovsk Region, Russian Federation (Honorable mention)

Category B

Amendment to Article 2.1 of the Law "On the regulation of some issues related to the sale of alcoholic beverages in the territory of the Ulyanovsk Region"

The objective was to reduce alcohol consumption by limiting retail sale of alcohol products in relation to multi-apartment buildings. A RIA concluded that notwithstanding large social gains, this would come with costs of more than 350 million rubles for private sector operators. However, through a comprehensive public consultation process, an agreement acceptable to both the private firms and the public was agreed on, including through a two-year transition period.

Ulan-Ude, Russian Federation (Honorable mention)

Category C

On the indicators of the extent of damage caused by vehicles carrying heavy cargoes on car roads within the urban district of Ulan-Ude

The RIA proposed alternative solutions for reducing the costs of transporters carrying heavy cargo, thereby eliminate the risk of entrepreneurs leaving for illegal business. Through the RIA, the regulation was amended to include decreasing coefficients in calculating road fees for vehicles. This represented a new way of thinking, and an unprecedented solution.

  • CONTACT: Peter Ladegaard, Global Lead, Regulatory Policy and Management, Governance Practice