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Media mentions for Governance Matters VII: Governance Indicators for 1996–2007

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`Out of Control' CEOs Spurned Davos Warnings on Risk
Bloomberg, 24 October 2008

Guidance was offered by monetary-policy makers such as European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet and Bundesbank President Axel Weber as well as economic wise men, including Yale University Professor Robert Shiller, U.S. Congressman Barney Frank and World Bank Director of Governance and Anti-Corruption Daniel Kaufmann.

Unsexy economic solutions
The News International, 23 October 2008

The economist Daniel Kaufman had worked out what was called the "300 per cent dividend", explained as the 300 per cent rise in income if a country improved governance by one standard deviation according to their calculations. The rule of law engenders trust, a relatively overlooked concept in economics until fairly recently. Trust is the ground beneath your feet in economic activity. Trust can, for example, lower transaction costs if it is in high supply, making the economic engine more efficient. At the same time, trust is a collar of confidence

India - staggering bite of petty corruption
Guyana Providence Stadium, 26 September 2008

"The poor not only are paying much more of their incomes to get the same medical services as the middle and richer classes, but they are also discouraged from seeking basic medical care because they can't afford it," said Daniel Kaufmann, director of global programs at the institute.

Twitter for Africa and Good Governance
Ross Mayfield's Weblog, 22 July 2008

Today I co-facilitated a session on Governance with Daniel Kaufmann, the Director, Governance and Anti-Corruption World Bank Institute. In his post before the session, he distinguishes between e-government and m-government: ...But e-government, focused on government services, has under-emphasized broader aspects of governance, particularly those where citizens and institutions outside of government play a key role.

BrainstormTech: Making the world better?
Ross Mayfield's Weblog, 21 July 2008

I'm at Fortune BrainstormTech, an event that relates technology to the bigger problems it can solve. Tomorrow I am moderating a lunch lab on the problem of Governance, with Daniel Kaufmann, Director, Governance and Anti-Corruption, World Bank Institute.

State must improve work conditions to pull talent
The Times, 07 July 2008

Daniel Kaufman, a Chilean, who is director of global governance at the World Bank Institute, said the public sector would never achieve salary parity with the private sector, but this was not essential in luring top staff.

Fixing institutions, not policies
Urbanomics, 04 July 2008

Over the past decade or so, development economics has moved from faith in "getting policies right" (Washington Consensus) to getting the "rules of the game right". Institutional context for the policies, and not the policies themselves, became the focus of attention.

We want Brainstorm Tech to rock!
VHForex, 28 June 2008

In just three short weeks, we launch the next phase in Fortune’s Brainstorm conference series, Brainstorm Tech. The original Brainstorm ran in Aspen from 2001 until 2006, and this one will retain the unique spirit of multidisciplinary inquiry that won it so many plaudits and fans, while digging even deeper into tech.

World Bank launches Broadcasting, Voice, and Accountability: A Public Interest Approach to Policy, Law, and Regulation
Annenberg, University of Pennsylvania, 18 June 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 17, 2008) – Acknowledging that a strong and independent media is a crucial ingredient for good governance, the World Bank has introduced what it calls the first comprehensive guidebook for the development of an independent broadcast media.

Now Professors Get Their Star Rankings Too
NY Times, 09 June 2008

FIRST came the Amazon book rankings, and word leaked out that perhaps some vaunted writers spent more time than you would think checking how popular they were, hour by hour. Then newspapers started tracking the most popular articles on their sites and journalists, it was said, spent more time than you would think watching their rankings, hour by hour. But would you believe that academics could become caught up in such petty, vain competition? Of course, you say. Still, short of hanging out in the stacks at the library and peeking over shoulders, the pursuit of that particular vanity had to wait for the Internet, and the creation of the Social Science Research Network, an increasingly influential site that now offers nearly 150,000 full-text documents for downloading....

The Leon Jaworski Public Program Series: A National Town Hall Meeting
American Bar Association, May 2008

Daniel Kaufmann, director, global programs and governance at the World Bank Institute.

Economics and the rule of law: Order in the jungle

The Economist (United Kingdom ), 13 March 2008

“I was a traditional trade and labour economist until 1992,” says Daniel Kaufmann, now head of the World Bank Institute's Global Governance group. “When I went to Ukraine, my outlook changed. Problems with governance and the rule of law were undermining all our efforts.” Pretty quickly, “governance”—political accountability and the quality of bureaucracy as well as the rule of law—became all the rage. Economists got busy calculating what it was, how well countries were doing it and what a difference it made. Mr Kaufmann and his colleague Aart Kraay worked out the “300% dividend”: in the long run, a country's income per head rises by roughly 300% if it improves its governance by one standard deviation.

Evils of corruption
BussinessWorld, Philippines, 21 February 2008

The October 2007 Pulse Asia survey results revealed that a majority of Filipinos regard Mrs. Arroyo as the most corrupt President in history. In addition, the ability of the Philippine government to control corruption has worsened in her watch, according to statistics gathered by the World Bank for its Worldwide Governance Indicators from 1996 to 2006 for about 200 countries.

Why Putin's rule threatens both Russia and the west
Financial Times, United Kingdom, 13 February 2008

In the World Bank's governance indicators for 2006, the effectiveness of Russia's government was ranked in the 38th percentile from the bottom. Its rule of law ranking was in the 19th percentile, well behind Ukraine's 27th and Poland's 59th. If one judges a state by its ability to serve the people and protect them from the powerful, including itself, Russia's is ineffective.

Pres. Sirleaf Addresses National Legislature Today
The Analyst, Liberia, 28 January 2008

We are pleased to note that in the most recent edition of the World Bank Institutes' Worldwide Governance Indicators, Liberia scored the second largest improvement in the 2006 index of control of corruption. Yet, we do not fool ourselves for we know, despite this improvement, that corruption is alive and well.

Graft is Enemy No.1
Financial Gazette, Zimbabwe, 10 January 2008

A WORLD Bank Institute (WBI) report revealed recently that Zimbabwe was among the few African countries in the throes of a precipitous economic decline due to endemic corruption. This is hardly surprising! The WBI said while the quality of governance in 212 countries measured between 1996 and 2006, had greatly improved, Zimbabwe, together with Cote d'lvore and Venezuela were exceptions. Last year, government announced its intention to conduct a baseline survey to determine the level of corruption in the country. The survey, officials said, was meant to debunk the myth created by international bodies like WBI and TI, which ranked Zimbabwe among the most corrupt countries in the world. The survey was commissioned in February, but has been stalled by the lack of funding.

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