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With increased fragility, extreme pressure on resources, and rapidly evolving largescale service delivery needs, the ability of governments to respond to governance challenges, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, is stretched in unprecedented ways. Public Sector Governance and Anticorruption continuously continue to rank high among the most important development priorities. As the crisis period settles, governments will be focusing on the recovery phase and will in due course be considering reforms to make their response and service delivery more resilient. The pandemic has exposed the benefits of a stronger, flexible and more responsive civil service which is able to incorporate risk management and has access to contingencies in an emergency. Emerging lessons from the immediate response point to the need to adapt models of government operations, service delivery and interactions with citizens, which include GovTech options for modernization of services to citizens and businesses.

The Governance Global Practice supports client countries to build capable, efficient, open, inclusive, and accountable institutions. This is critical for returning to sustainable growth after COVID-19 and is at the heart of the World Bank’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. The ability of governments to effectively provide public goods, to support an environment that can generate jobs and growth, to address market failures and to engage citizens in the process is more important than ever. Countries with strong institutions are more resilient, are better able to facilitate private sector growth, reduce poverty, deliver valuable services, and earn the confidence of citizens.

The “Governance and Institutions” Special Theme in IDA18 and IDA19 underscores the importance of governance in achieving development results on the ground. IDA policy commitments are catalyzing change through measurable policy actions. Strengthened institutions and improved governance are especially critical for the world’s most vulnerable countries which will likely be hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. More effective policy implementation, better management of resources, strengthened service delivery, openness, and transparency can all help equip IDA countries with greater institutional resilience to weather the pandemic, and recover after the crisis subsides. The World Bank’s 12 policy commitments under IDA19’s Governance and Institutions Special Theme aim to promote sustainable financing practices, maximize the impact of public service delivery, build confidence in institutions, and build better data and analytics. The package of commitments responds to global priorities while building on the foundation put in place under the previous IDA cycle.

Last Updated: Apr 13, 2020


The World Bank
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Corruption, Capture and Fragile Contexts

For International Anticorruption Day this year, the World Bank is drew attention to the challenges, complexities, and consequences of corruption in fragile settings. The complexities of corruption and of fragility are huge and can interact with each other, but we hope that by unpacking some of the issues we can find some practical ways forward.


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Washington, D.C.
Lara Saade