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Reducing Corruption: Lessons from Venezuela (PREMNote No. 39)

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by M. González de Asis (2000)

A recent World Bank program in Campo Elias, Venezuela, used an innovative and effective approach to build participatory insitutional frameworks and to apply best practices in public policymaking. As a result, corruption has fallen and services are delivered more efficiently. The program, which ran from April 1998 to December 1999, involved the World Bank Institute, the municipal government, and civil society. The experience shows the powerful benefits that come when local political will, technical capacity to execute reforms, and strong partnership with civil society are mixed to enhance efficiency, equity, and transparency.

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