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.
Executive Director, ODI Europe