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Pilot Courses

  • Empirical Tools for Governance Analysis
    Workshop for Latin American Countries (by invitation only)
    November 17-18, 2004

    Recent findings on the relationship between poverty and poor governance have led to the proliferation of empirical tools designed to evaluate governance–from opinion pools to public sector expenditure tracking and in-depth diagnostic surveys. This has posed two major challenges for policymakers and development researchers: (i) to identify the most appropriate tools and use rigorous analysis to support countries' institutional reforms to improve governance; and (ii) to move beyond anecdotal evidence towards a systematic approach for measuring governance and its determinants for economic and social development.

    To help to address these challenges, the World Bank Institute has developed an innovative learning program that provides a general framework to evaluate governance built on the lessons learnt about the “what” and the “how”. In the process it offers a systematic overview of the many existing tools used by the World Bank and other policy institutions. This learning activity targets practitioners and policymakers who are, or plan to be, involved in governance issues through assessments and monitoring-related activities, but who have not been given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the range of tools already developed nor with the techniques to use the data collected with such tools. The two-day program include more traditional learning activities as well as interactive, internet-based sessions.

    More information and agenda: English (190 kb PDF); Spanish (142 kb PDF).

    Visit the course website.

  • Empirical Tools for Governance Analysis
    The main objective of this learning activity is to improve World Bank staff’s ability to evaluate the quality and the role of governance institutions through the use of new empirical diagnostics and techniques developed by practitioners. This learning activity will promote internal capacity building by:

    • creating a better understanding of the determinants of good governance and how these determinants can be measured and monitored by staff; and
    • familiarizing staff with the existing diagnostic instruments, monitoring systems and statistical analysis approaches

Organized by the World Bank Institute and PREM.

Target Audience: World Bank Group Staff

Date and Location: June 17–18, 2002 • World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC

Fees: No fees

Task Manager: Francesca Recanatini


  • Governance & Anti-Corruption Flagship Course
    Designed for World Bank staff who have to assess and/or confront problems of weak governance and corruption in developing assistance strategies and country programs, this course will:

    • probe the links between politics and governance,
    • discuss key processes and systems that promote transparency and accountability in government decision making,
    • explore the role of civil society organizations, media, and other external actors,
    • survey the wide gamut of diagnostic and assessment instruments, and
    • present country strategies for combating corruption.

    Staff will learn approaches and tools for assessing a country’s governance environment and developing and implementing appropriate interventions. Cross-cutting learning will help staff identify and respond appropriately to governance issues in whatever country context they arise. The course will also give a preview of more advanced courses on specialized areas that require more in-depth treatment.

Organized by the World Bank.

Target Audience: World Bank Group Staff

Date and Location: December 1–3, 2003 • Washington, DC


  • Governance Assessment and Coalition Building
    The main objective of this learning activity is to promote a better understanding among stakeholders of the linkages between governance, coalition building and the reform process. How do we define Governance? What are Coalitions? What role can governance assessment and diagnostics play in coalition building as part of the reform process?

Organized by the World Bank Institute.

Target Audience: World Bank Group Staff

Date and Location: January 20–22, 2003 • Lusaka, Zambia

Task Managers: Francesca Recanatini and Sahr Kpundeh




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