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Guiding Principles for Strengthening World Bank Group Engagement on Governance and Anticorruption

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The GAC Implementation Plan is guided by the seven core principles outlined in the GAC strategy for the World Bank Group’s GAC work:

  1. The World Bank Group focus on governance and anticorruption (GAC) follows from its mandate to reduce poverty—a capable and accountable state creates opportunities for poor people, provides better services, and improves development outcomes.
  2. The country has primary responsibility for improving governance—country ownership and leadership are key to successful implementation, and the World Bank Group is committed to supporting a country’s own priorities.  A country’s government remains the principal counterpart for the World Bank Group. 
  3. The World Bank Group is committed to remaining engaged in the fight against poverty, and seeking creative ways of providing support, even in poorly-governed countries—“don’t make the poor pay twice”.
  4. The form of World Bank Group engagement on GAC will vary from country to country, depending on specific circumstances—while there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’, the WBG will adopt a consistent approach towards operational decisions across countries, systematically anchored in national strategies, supported by World Bank Group Country Assistance Strategies, with no change in the performance-based allocation system for IDA countries or IBRD resource allocation system.
  5. Engaging systematically with a broad range of government, business, and civil society stakeholders is key to GAC reform and development outcomes—so, consistent with its mandate, the World Bank Group will scale up existing good practice in engaging with multiple stakeholders in its operational work, including by strengthening transparency, participation, and third-party monitoring in its own operations.
  6. The World Bank Group will strive to strengthen, rather than bypass, country systems—better national institutions are the more effective and long term solution to governance and corruption challenges and to mitigating fiduciary risk for all public money, including that from the Bank.
  7. The World Bank Group will work with donors, international institutions, and other actors at the country and global levels to ensure a harmonized approach and coordination based on respective mandates and comparative advantage—“the World Bank Group should not act in isolation.”

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