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Future of Government: Case Studies

The aim of the case studies below is to help in think through some past experiences of governments and reform, as governments, countries, and people face the future. The examples discussed are not past applications of the Future of Government framework but seek to illustrate how lessons might be drawn for the framework to assist in the future.

Opinions presented in these case studies are solely those of the Future of Government Initiative and reflect neither official positions of the World Bank Group nor of the people, states, or other parties mentioned therein.


Main themeCase studyCountry mentions
CrisisIn progress - Trends | Crises have set back development progress. How can governments build resilience?Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana
DeliveryIn progress - Delivery in TanzaniaTanzania
DeliveryIn progress - Trends | What really happened to government capability? Global
DeliveryTools | Tools for the center of government 
DeliveryIn progress - Tools | Reform teams 
DeliveryIn progress - What does it take to make social registries effective?Singapore, Togo
DeliveryIn progress - Why does Vietnam’s education system work so well? Can anything be learned for other systems?Vietnam, Lao, France, Germany, Finland, Honduras
Delivery, TrustFreeing up resources through reform in SomaliaSomalia
ProductivityIn progress - Behavioral insights can help make governments more productive, but context is keyDemocratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana
ProductivityIncreasing female labor force participation and power through procurementColombia
ProductivityInfrastructure - a sector ripe for government efficienciesUnited States
ProductivityCommunity health workers and other disruptions in governmentMexico, Uganda
ProductivityIn progress - Tools | New Technologies Enhance Government ProductivityRwanda, Georgia, Cambodia
ProductivityIn progress - Tools | Value for Money: A promising technique to identify pathways to improve government productivity 
ProductivityIn progress - Tools | Successful Policy Design Can Be Messy. Smart Policy Design and Implementation Can Help 
Productivity, RoleIn progress - Trends | Government revenue: realistic expectations and drivers of changeGlobal
RoleIn progress - Trends | Social protection: its rise and its prospectsEgypt, Indonesia, Kenya
RoleIn progress - Human capital progress – continuity, coordination, learning and resourcesLiberia, Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, Morocco, Ghana
RoleCOVID-19 demonstrates how the private sector can collaborate with the state to help address crisesUK, Ghana, Malawi
Role, DeliveryCoalitions for Local Services in South SudanSouth Sudan
Role, ProductivityIn progress - Industrial policy - what's possible, under what circumstances?South Korea, China, Ghana, Tunisia, Uganda, Egypt
TrustBoosting transparency of procurement and building citizen trust by using open contracting toolsParaguay
TrustIn progress - Trends | Trends in trust 
TrustBuilding trust in the education sector in JordanJordan