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World Governance Assessment

Hero image description: Vote in 2006 Zambia elections poster Image credit:Linda Shaffer Bollert, World Resources Institute Image license:Creative Commons

The quality of governance has become an issue of increasing concern in countries around the world, both developed and developing. While the evidence suggests governance matters for development, there is less understanding regarding what aspects matter most and how to improve governance. The main problem is the lack of reliable, valid and comparable data on key governance issues. This has left many unanswered questions regarding when, why and how governance makes a difference to the way countries develop. Current indicators also provide inadequate measures for assessing changes and informing strategies to improve governance. The WGA is a global, collaborative effort to improve the assessment and analysis of governance.

WGA Phase 1 (2000-2002) was a pilot study in 16 countries to gauge perceptions of governance in 6 arenas. Phase 2 (2005-2007) used an improved methodology and surveyed perceptions in 10 countries.

Staff

Julius Court, Marta Foresti, Verena Fritz, Goran Hyden and Kenneth Mease
  1. Governance assessments for local stakeholders: What the World Governance Assessment offers

    Working papers

  2. Overview of governance assessment frameworks and results from the 2006 World Governance Assessment

    Research reports

  3. Governance, Development and Aid Effectiveness: A Quick Guide to Complex Relationships

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. Rebuilding Governance in Iraq

    Working papers

  5. Making Sense of Governance: Empirical Evidence from 16 Developing Countries

    Book/book chapter

  6. Conclusions from Phase I

    Working papers

  7. Civil Society and Governance in 16 Developing Countries

    Working papers

  8. Political Society and Governance in 16 Developing Countries

    Working papers

  9. Government and Governance in 16 Developing Countries

    Working papers

  10. The Bureaucracy and Governance in 16 Developing Countries

    Working papers

  11. Economic Society and Governance in 16 Developing Countries

    Working papers

  12. The Judiciary and Governance in 16 Developing Countries

    Working papers

  13. Making Sense of Governance: The Need for Involving Local Stakeholders

    Working papers

  14. Assessing Governance in 16 Countries: The Aggregate Picture

    Working papers

  15. Governance and Development: Sorting Out the Basics

    Working papers

  16. Measuring Governance: Methodological Challenges

    Working papers

  17. Governance and Corruption Brief

    Briefing/policy papers

  18. Assessing and Analyzing Governance in India

    Working papers