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Chile blazes the trail for Latin America
Financial Times, 13 December 2006

"Chile's record has been built on sensible market-oriented policies and good institutions. According to the World Bank's governance indicators, Chile is far ahead of other Latin American countries in the quality of its political, legal and regulatory institutions (see chart). Similarly, the World Bank's Doing Business 2007 report places Chile in 28th rank, in terms of ease of doing business, against 43rd for Mexico, 101st for Argentina and 121st for Brazil. Moody's rates Chilean debt at A2. Even Mexico languishes at Baa1."

Strains of sleaze - Corruption   
The Economist, 11 November 2006

"A defense of subjective measures of corruption comes from Daniel Kaufmann, Aart Kraay and Massimo Mastruzzi of the World Bank Institute, who compile their own indicators, drawing on many of the same sources as TI. They find that expert opinions are more tightly correlated with the impressions of businessmen than they are with each other. 'Halo effects', as they are called, may be more of a problem. Perceptions of corruption in countries like South Korea and Thailand deteriorated along with their currencies in the wake of the financial crisis of 1997-98."

Trial puts spotlight on U.S.-Kazakh relations
International Herald Tribune and The New York Times, 8 November 2006

"Kazakhstan and Nazarbayev's stewardship of the country have been fodder for World Bank scrutiny. According to the bank's 2005 Worldwide Governance Indicators, Kazakhstan ranks with Angola, Bolivia, Kenya, Libya and Pakistan among the world's corruption hot spots."

Oil, Cash and Corruption Icon: Registration Required
5 November 2006, New York Times

"The World Bank, the Washington economic development organization that focuses its efforts on needy countries, has brought much of the current debate about overseas financial corruption to the fore. In the early 1990s, the bank started measuring corruption within the governments of its member countries. The initiative was controversial because until then, economists had largely considered corruption to be an ethical or cultural issue. ... By 1995, Mr. Kaufmann’s team developed a rating system that measured factors like corruption control, absence of violence, government accountability and regulatory quality in various countries. The ideas became a cornerstone of the bank’s agenda."

"...According to the bank’s 2005 Worldwide Governance Indicators, Kazakhstan ranks with Angola, Bolivia, Kenya, Libya and Pakistan among the world’s corruption hotspots."

Measuring governance
Economist Intelligence Unit - Business Africa, 1 November 2006

"The World Bank publishes governance indicators for some 231 countries, in most cases covering the period from 1996 to 2005. Six dimensions are used to measure governance: voice and accountability, political stability and the absence of violence, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, rule of law, and the control of corruption. The latest indicators are based on hundreds of variables and reflect the views of thousands of individual and corporate respondents to surveys, as well as experts worldwide."

A V Rajwade: Political economy's dilemmas
30 October 2006, Business Standard

"While cleaning up my stock of accumulated press cuttings over the Diwali holidays, so many reports left me depressed _ particularly, those which evidenced strongly that, as Mark Tully said so well in the title of his book, 'There are no full stops in India'. We recently topped the Business Bribe Payers Index released by Transparency International, the anti-corruption NGO. Incidentally, a recent report on governance indicators released at the IMF World Bank meeting in Singapore last month, places us at pretty low levels in respect of several measures."

China's losing battle against corruption
23 October 2006

"Whatever the truth behind Chen’s fall, and despite the widening corruption probe of other senior government officials, data and evidence recently released by the government and multilateral institutions suggest that the authorities are fighting a rearguard battle against a rising tide of graft.

Indeed, among the World Bank’s six 'Governance Indicators,' China’s scores on the 'Control of Corruption' index have actually slipped in recent years, from -0.20 in 1998 to -0.40 in 2002 and -0.69 in 2005. In 2005, the World Bank ranked China 142nd out of 204 countries on the 'Control of Corruption' index."

The Chinese Go After Corruption, Corruptly Icon: Registration Required
22 October 2006, The New York Times

"In an economic boom gilded with excess and profiteering, official corruption is so widespread, and increasingly so brazen, that it is almost taken for granted. The latest World Bank governance survey found that China had seriously backslid in the category of “containing corruption” when much of the rest of the world, if not improving, was basically unchanged on the issue.

...Daniel Kaufmann, an author of the World Bank governance survey, said that China had steadily declined in the bank’s corruption ranking. 'It is pertinent to ask the question of whether the measures and approaches being implemented are the most effective ones,' he said."

Nigerians At Foreign Embassies
18 October 2006, All Africa

"While we appreciate the concern of both the Senate and the foreign affairs minister over the unspeakable humiliation of Nigerians at foreign embassies, we think the proper place to start to tackle the problem is the enthronement of a regime of good governance in Nigeria. The senate, by its constitutional functions, has a lot to do in this. Unfortunately, however, there seems to have been little progress on the road to good governance despite the mighty heavings of the Obasanjo administration. The World Bank report on Worldwide Governance Indicators for this year did not list Nigeria among African countries making progress in good governance and the curtailment of corruption."

China losing its battle with corruption
Japan Times, 2 October 2006

"Indeed, among the World Bank's six 'Governance Indicators,' China's scores on the 'Control of Corruption' index have actually slipped in recent years, from -0.20 in 1998 to -0.40 in 2002 and -0.69 in 2005. In 2005, the World Bank ranked China 142nd out of 204 countries on the 'Control of Corruption' index."

Korea improves government effectiveness: World Bank
Korea.net News, 28 September 2006

"Korea has made progress in government effectiveness, regulatory quality, corruption control and the rule of law, according to the Governance Matters 2006 report released by the World Bank. Korea was given a 1.0 in scroing for the effectiveness of government, which measures the competence of the bureaucracy and the quality of public service delivery, in 2005. The score showed an improvement from 0.92 in 2004, 0.91 in 2003 and 0.73 in 2000."

Korea's Press Freedom, Stability Suffer Setback
Chosun Ilbo, 28 September 2006

"South Korea's press freedom and political stability deteriorated last year, a World Bank survey says. Governance Matters 2006 published by the World Bank Tuesday looks at six governance indicators: Voice and Accountability, Political Stability/No Violence, Government Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law, and Control of Corruption in some 200 countries. Korea's rating fell to 0.74 points in 2005, from 0.76 points in 2004 in Voice and Accountability, which measures the extent to which citizens are able to choose their government, freedom of expression, freedom of association and free media. Finland topped the list in this category last year with 1.49 points, and Burma came a sad last with -2.16, worse even than North Korea, which scored the second lowest -2.06. South Korea also fell slightly in Political Stability, from 0.44 points in 2004 to 0.43 points."

Nigeria's name missing among countries fighting corruption
The Daily Sun, 27 September 2006

"Despite the loud ovation that greeted the presentation of Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, at the World Bank/ IMF spring meeting in Singapore, Nigeria’s name is conspicuously missing on the list of countries which have made progress in improving governance and curbing corruption. According to a new report, Governance Matters 2006: Worldwide Governance Indicators, released by the World Bank after the meetings, only African nations, such as Botswana, Ghana, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Liberia, are making progress in improving governance and curbing corruption."

Top Marks for Botswana
All Africa, 26 September 2006

"Botswana ranked number one in Africa and among the leading countries in the world last week in a new World Bank Institute report that claims to be the largest publicly available data resource on governance ever published. With a composite score of 74.3, Botswana occupies first position in Africa, followed by Mauritius (71), Cape Verde (61.5), Namibia (57.6) and South Africa (53.6). Among developing and middle income nations, Botswana is also placed above all but Chile (83.5) and a handful of smaller Caribbean states. According to World Bank Institute Director of Global Governance Daniel Kaufmann, the report's overall findings should also dispel a number of negative myths about Africa."

Governance poses test for World Bank
Financial Times, September 26 2006

"After last week's undignified spat between the World Bank's management and some European donor countries over the Bank's anti-corruption strategy, the surprise is that the two sides agree on the main issues. The reason both sides are singing from the same hymn sheet on the principles is simple. The overwhelming evidence is that well-run countries offering fewer opportunities for public officials to take back-handers are richer than countries with weak institutions and poor governance. The World Bank, which leads the world in measuring governance and corruption, estimates that achievable improvements in subjective, but measurable, aspects of governance is associated with a tripling of income levels. It takes measuring governance very seriously, aggregating different sources of information from around the world into its annual governance indicators."

Angola is Portuguese-speaking nation to show most governance improvement in 2005
Macua-Hub, 25 September 2006

"Angola was the country with the worst governance amongst the Portuguese-speaking nations, but also showed the most improvement last year in a World Bank ranking in which Portugal and Cape Verde were the best placed amongst the eight countries of the Portuguese-speaking world. The Governance Matters V: World Governance Indicators 1996-2005, which assessed almost all the nations of the world in terms of the quality of their governance, showed up some interesting facts. Portugal has the most effective government amongst the eight countries, Angola is the most corrupt, and Cape Verde is, amongst the Portuguese-speaking African nations and Brazil, the country with greatest stability and Rule of Law."

Philippine economic growth to drift or take off?
Reuters News, 22 September 2006

"The World Bank has said the Philippines needs to stamp out corruption in all agencies, particularly the public works and main revenue agencies, to raise the people's trust in government enough for them to be convinced to pay the right taxes. In a World Bank report on governance indicators released last week, the Philippines' ranking in corruption control fell to 37.4 percent in 2005 from 50.5 percent in 1998."

Rwanda Beats Uganda On Governance, Says World Bank
All Africa, 22 September 2006

"UGANDA is the most politically unstable country in the region, according to a new report by the World Bank. Tanzania is rated the most politically stable country in the region at a percentile rank of 33, followed by Kenya (14), Rwanda (12), Uganda (10) and Burundi (6). Among Uganda's regional neighbours, the DR Congo is rated the most politically unstable country. But the report titled, 'Governance Matters, 2006: Worldwide Governance Indicators,' that was released in Singapore on September 15, credits Uganda for having one of the best 'regulatory quality' in Sub-Saharan Africa."

Why Nigeria is Not At Risk of Collapse Says World Bank
All Africa, 22 September 2006

The World Bank has refuted recent reports that Nigeria currently ranks as one of the fragile countries facing the risk of collapse in Africa, saying that the country has made significant progress in the fight against corruption which would have jeopardized her socio-economic stability.

Bank sets new strategies
Papua New Guinea Post Courier, 21 September 2006

"The World Bank will target governance, natural resource development and infrastructure in its next country assistance strategy for Papua New Guinea. PNG recently recorded the worst record in the region for in a World Bank-authored report containing governance indicators for over 200 nations, scoring 13 out of 100 in percentile rankings and on par with countries like Rwanda, Guinea, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan."

The state of governance
Business Recorder, 21 September 2006

"The recently released Mahbubul Haq Human Development Report, 2006, presents a pretty bad picture of the governance scene in Pakistan, putting the country in the unenviable company of Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives within the comparative context of South Asian nations. Using four indicators - government effectiveness, voice and accountability, political stability, and the rule of law - devised by the World Bank to measure good governance, it finds the system wanting in all these areas. That is hardly surprising given that the litmus test of the effectiveness of any political process, according to the report, is whether it is accessible to non-elite, especially the poor people."

The World Bank states that political stability in Russia is getting worse and...
The Russian Business Monitor, 20 September 2006

"The World Bank states that political stability in Russia is getting worse and current situation is only a little better than in unquiet 1996. In its research entitled Governance Matters, 2006: Worldwide Governance Indicators the World Bank pointed out that such parameters as freedom of society and efficiency of government activity grew noticeably worse in Russia."

OSA stays, says Nazri
Sun2Surf, 19 September 2006

"'We need the OSA to carry out the government's task efficiently and without disturbance,' said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz in his reply to a supplementary question from Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur) in Parliament today. Critics say the OSA has been used by the authorities to curb freedom of information and it contributes to corruption. Responding to Lim on the continuous slide of Malaysia's ranking in the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) 2006 conducted by the World Bank, the de facto Law Minister said the government has taken note of the matter and will make efforts to improve."

Pro-Arroyo solons say WB report misleading
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 19 September 2006

" ADMINISTRATION lawmakers in the House of Representatives yesterday dared the World Bank to produce evidence supporting its report that corruption in the country had worsened in the past eight years. They said the report was 'unfair, inaccurate and misleading.' The World Bank report, Governance Matters 2006: Worldwide Governance Indicators, which covered 209 countries, showed a sharp decline in the ranking of the Philippines in the benchmark for the control of corruption -- from 50.5 percent in 1998 to 37.4 percent in 2005."

Kenya ranked high in governance
Kenya Times, 19 September 2006

"KENYA has been ranked among Africa’s leading countries in government effectiveness. In a new World Bank report, the country is placed the 24th overall in the category of best performing states in transparency and accountability in Africa. The report, released in Singapore yesterday, also ranked Kenya high in the fight to stem corruption in the public sector. The report entitled: The New Governance Matters, 2006: Worldwide Governance Indicators, also positioned Kenya among the best in the promotion of free speech and democracy in Africa."

Uganda ranked 17th in transparency
New Vision, 18 September 2006

"UGANDA is ranked second in East Africa behind Tanzania and ahead of Kenya in government effectiveness. Uganda is also placed 17th overall in the category of best performing states in transparency and accountability in Africa, according to a new World Bank report released in Singapore on Friday. Uganda was also ranked high in the fight to stem corruption in the public sector. The report entitled The New Governance Matters, 2006: Worldwide Governance Indicators also positioned Uganda among the best in the promotion of free speech and democracy in Africa."

Thailand slipping on World Bank score table
Bangkok Post, 18 September 2006

"Thailand's governance rankings have mostly fallen over the past decade, particularly in areas like political stability, human rights and law, according to the latest World Bank survey. The World Bank on Friday released its latest Worldwide Governance Indicators report, a ranking of 213 countries in six key areas: voice and accountability, which measures political, civil and human rights; political stability; government effectiveness; regulatory quality; rule of law; and control of corruption. In five categories, the scores in 2005 were worse than those in 1996, with only control of corruption getting better."

'Give us some time' to lick corruption - Arroyo aide
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 18 September 2006

"President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is aware of the problem and is giving anti-graft agencies the needed funding and support to get rid of the corrupt in government, according to Presidential Management Staff chief Arthur Yap. Yap made the statement in reaction to a World Bank report, Governance Matters 2006: Worldwide Governance Indicators, which said the Philippines has failed to improve in governance and curbing corruption after eight years."

RP slips in anti-graft drive -- World Bank
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 18 September 2006

"The ability of the Philippines to improve its governance and curb corruption has faltered over the past eight years despite its vibrant democratic society and free press, according to a World Bank report. The report, Governance Matters 2006: Worldwide Governance Indicators, which covers 209 countries, painted a sobering picture of global trends in governance. It was launched on the sidelines of the joint International Monetary Fund-World Bank annual meetings here."

India asks World Bank to focus on core development agenda
Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies, 18 September 2006

"India on Monday lashed out at the World Bank for over-emphasis on issues of governance and corruption, which it said cannot replace the core of the development agenda, crucial for the uplift of millions of poor and downtrodden in developing and emerging economies. The World Bank on Friday came out with rankings of countries on parameters like corruption and governance. India ranked 47th in a list of 213 countries measured for their quality of governance in the Bank's report - Governance Matters 2006: Worldwide Governance Indicators."

World Bank Boss Under Fire
All Africa, 17 September 2006

"SOUTH Africa has joined a chorus of opposition at the annual meeting of the World Bank to new president Paul Wolfowitz's campaign against corruption in developing countries. SA Deputy Minister of Finance Jabu Moleketi said in an interview in Singapore that while the World Bank could not condone corruption, it should keep its focus on the primary goal of promoting development.
The World Bank Institute's global governance monitor gives SA a ranking of 382 out of 600 on six governance indicators, ranging from accountability to corruption control."

Raising the ranking
New Sunday Times, 17 September 2006

"LIKE all measures of the quality of governance, there are a host of problems, ranging from sample bias to insufficient transparency, with the World Bank's Worldwide Governance Indicators. Indeed, as the international body has acknowledged, there is no indicator that is 100 per cent reliable in the sense of giving completely accurate information. While the governance indicators may not tell the whole story, the fact remains that even the qualitative estimations, like those on corruption, reflect what goes on in daily life. We may be justified in disagreeing with some of the assessments, but we cannot ignore the fact that they are widely used by governments, businesses, aid agencies, scholars and even private citizens, in deciding on policy, giving advice on policy, making investments, or where to go for a holiday."

10 years on, we're only better in public services
New Straits Times, 16 September 2006

"The good news: Malaysia is doing better in terms of the quality of its public and civil services compared to 10 years ago. The bad news? The country's performance in other areas of governance such as accountability, control of corruption and rule of law is still lower than it had fared in 1996. In the World Bank's Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) report released yesterday for 213 countries from 1996 to 2005, Malaysia slid in its performance on many of the six good governance indicators for countries worldwide."

World Bank ranking slams India on governance norms
Indian Express, 16 September 2006

"While India may score high with the World Bank on growth, the story on governance is very different. A report on Governance Indicators released at the IMF-World Bank annual meeting in Singapore puts India at abysmally low levels. In a database of 213 countries that measures the political, economic and the institutional aspects of governance, the World Bank report ranks India at half or below half on most indicators."

Act soon against corruption, World Bank tells India
The Hindu, 16 September 2006

"India's rapid economic growth is at the risk of tripping if the country does not curb corruption and enforce rule of law, the World Bank has warned in a report. The world's second most populous nation ranks 47th in a list of 213 countries measured for their quality of governance in a new World Bank report - Governance Matters 2006: Worldwide Governance Indicators. World Bank Global Governance Director Daniel Kaufmann, who termed the ranking as 'not in the right zone,' said that the country must 'pay priority to these issues' to maintain its rapid GDP growth."

S'pore gets top marks from World Bank
Business Times Singapore, 16 September 2006

"The World Bank yesterday gave Singapore continuing good marks for the way it is governed, with the republic probably still among the world's top 10 per cent of well-run countries. Of the six governance indicators in the World Bank study, Singapore's ratings for four of them are in the top-ranked 90th percentile - that is, 90 per cent of countries ranked below."

How Do Countries Score on Governance?
World Bank, 15 September 2006

"The research contained in a new report, Governance Matters 2006: Worldwide Governance Indicators, also shows more than about a dozen non-OECD countries including Slovenia, Chile and Estonia, score higher in the rule of law and control of corruption indicators than some industrialized countries such as Greece and Italy."

How long and how far can India grow being 47th in high corruption
India Daily, 15 September 2006

"According to a World Bank study on quality of governance across countries, China was placed at 31, while India ranked 47 in the list of most corrupt countries. A country could get away in the short term with that kind of high corruption and that short term could be 10 years."

World Bank chief defends graft plan, denies UK row
Reuters News, 15 September 2006

"New World Bank indicators show that governance and corruption are not problems for developing countries alone. The bank's Governance Matters 2006 indicators score developing countries like Slovenia, Chile, Botswana and Estonia higher when it comes to rule of law and controlling corruption than some wealthier nations like Greece and Italy. 'After the scandals that have taken place, it is a stretch to say there is no corruption in the rich world,' Daniel Kaufmann, director of global governance at the World Bank Institute, told Reuters."

Report on governance paints a grim picture
Channel News Asia, 15 September 2006

"Industrialized and developing countries have shown little improvement in terms of governance over the past decade. This finding is contained in the World Bank's new report, Governance Matters 2006: Worldwide Governance Indicators. In the view of Daniel Kaufmann, Director of Global Governance at the World Bank Institute and co-author of the report, good governance improves the income per capita of a country by three times in the long term, something he terms 'the 300 percent development dividend.'"

Report Gauges Quality Of Governance Worldwide
Radio Free Europe, September 15, 2006

"The World Bank today released its seventh report on the quality of governance in countries around the world. RFE/RL correspondent AndrewTully spoke with Aart Kraay, one of the authors of the World Bank report, about its findings."

World Bank releases Worldwide Governance Indicators
Xinhua News, 15 September 2006

"'The release of the indicators demonstrate that governance can be measured, that poor governance is not an exclusive challenge of the developing world,' said Daniel Kaufmann, Director of Global Governance at the World Bank Institute, at a press conference held here."

Singapore among top 10 countries with good governance
Channel News Asia, 15 September 2006

"Singapore is among the top 10 countries in the world with good governance based on the latest World Bank report. 'Singapore rates extremely well in 5 out of the 6 governance dimensions. These are important achievements by Singapore almost across the board. Singapore is certainly in the top 5 or top 8 of the world. Certainly, everyone knows it's used as a case study in the rule of law, government effectiveness and the control of corruption,' said Daniel Kaufmann, World Bank Institute."

Reforms Earning Countries Higher Incomes, World Bank Reports - New governance indicators released ahead of annual Bank/IMF meetings
United States' State Department Press Releases And Documents, 15 September 2006

"Countries that invest in reforming their government can expect significant development gains and increased per capita incomes, the World Bank says. In a September 15 press release on Governance Matters V: Worldwide Governance Indicators 1996-2005, Daniel Kaufmann, the bank's director of global governance, said reforming countries are finding that 'good governance' is being recognized by foreign investors, aid donors, government officials and citizens 'as crucial to higher living standards and poverty alleviation.'"

World Bank applauds African countries
African News Dimension, 15 September 2006

"World Bank, in a research report, has cited five African countries among those that have made progress in improving governance and curbing corruption."

Some OECD countries have high level of corruption: World Bank Report
United News of Bangladesh Limited, 15 September 2006

"Bangladesh is often widely criticized by the development partners, but a new study of the World Bank found some of the developed countries, even the OECD ones, have high level of corruption, lack of governance and rule of law. 'Larger countries have high level of corruption on average,' said Dani Kaufmann, director of the Global Governance at the World Bank Institute and co-author of the study report. 'This is not a steadfast rule,' Dani, however, said, replying to a question. He added that there are some differences -- some small countries have worst form of corruption and lack of governance."

China, India Must Curb Corruption, or Else Growth Will Falter, World Bank Official Says
Associated Press, 15 September 2006

"China and India must move to curb corruption or else their booming economies will likely falter, a senior World Bank official said. The giant Asian neighbors are growing at annual rates of 10 percent and 8 percent respectively, the fastest among the world's major economies, but both score poorly on controlling corruption, according to a World Bank study on quality of governance across countries released Friday."

World Bank Survey Shows Improved Governance in Armenia
Armenia Liberty, 15 September 2006

"Armenia has made progress in curbing corruption and improving the rule of law in the past eight years, but it is still governed worse than most countries of the world, according to a World Bank survey released on Friday. The bank’s 2006 Worldwide Governance Indicators report, which draws on extensive research conducted by other organizations, shows a marked improvement in the quality of governance in Armenia, putting it well above the ex-Soviet average."

Indonesia earns praise for anticorruption efforts
Jakarta Post, 15 September 2006

"It went beyond his love for Indonesia when World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz cited a number of programs in the country to promote his anticorruption drive during the bank's annual meeting in Singapore. 'The purpose (of the bank's Strategy Paper on Governance and Anticorruption) is not to find a reason to cut back on lending; on the contrary, it is to make the quality of our lending better and to make sure that the lending and grant-making that we do goes where it is supposed to go, which is to help the poorest people in the world,' he said."

Pakistan's record in 'good governance' worst in sub-continent
Business Recorder, 14 September 2006

"Good governance is a distant dream for South Asia, and more so for Pakistan whose record is almost the worst, except Nepal or Bhutan, in the sub-continent."

Groups Delivering Foreign Assistance Shine Light On Corruption
All Africa, 17 August 2006

"World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz said in a July 31 speech in Washington that his predecessor, James Wolfensohn, made the right move in 1996 when he set out to 'fight the cancer of corruption.' In its upcoming annual meeting, to be held in Singapore in September, the bank will propose to involve local civil society groups, media, nongovernmental organizations and parliaments as partners in battles against corruption"

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Chile tiene el gobierno más efectivo de Latinoamérica
Mundo, 11 October 2006

"El Banco Mundial midió la gobernabilidad a través de diversas variables y remarcó que la transparencia en todos los niveles contribuye al éxito de los gobiernos.
Según las cifras de efectividad de los gobiernos latinoamericanos, Michelle Bachelet -en la continuidad de la gestión de Ricardo Lagos- le permite a Chile (con 86,1 puntos sobre 100) tener la mejor ubicación. En segundo lugar está el Uruguay de Tabaré Vázquez (con 68,9 puntos), mientras que el podio se cierra con México (57,4), donde Vicente Fox le dará paso a Felipe Calderón. Brasil (55), Colombia (53,1) y la Argentina (47,8) cierran la parte superior del ranking a nivel de efectividad de sus gobiernos. En cambio, los Estados de Bolivia, Venezuela y Paraguay están en los últimos lugares del ranking en el que la efectividad se mide según el grado de competencia de la burocracia y sobre la base de la calidad de la prestación de los servicios públicos. En lo que respecta puntualmente a la Argentina, el Banco Mundial considera -en una comparación entre 1998 y el 2004- que aumentó considerablemente la estabilidad política, la efectividad del gobierno, el carácter regulatorio, el marco jurídico y el control de la corrupción."

Tiene México desafíos en camino a la gobernabilidad democrática
Agencia Mexicana de Noticias, 28 septiembre 2006

"Recordó que el Banco de México dio a conocer un estudio sobre los indicadores de gobernabilidad, en el que México destacó entre las naciones que han aplicado reformas y mejorado en materia de voz y revisión de cuentas."

La Chequera
El Financiero, 25 septiembre 2006

"Todos los días salen nuevos indicadores y referencias internacionales, pero uno que nos llamó especialmente la atención fue el Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI), o Indicadores Mundiales de Gobernabilidad, uno de esos inventos del Banco Mundial que parecieran tener más objetivo que objeto."

Opinión - México ante la coyuntura económica internacional
El Economista, 21 septiembre 2006

"...Y en cuanto a los indicadores de gobernabilidad (rendición de cuentas,calidad regulatoria, Estado de Derecho, control de la corrupción,estabilidad política y efectividad gubernametal), México retrocedió entodos. Sin duda, éste es uno de los mayores retos para la próximaadministración."

Mala nota en clima de negocios
La Nacion, 20 septiembre 2006

"En el segundo de los informes, el Banco Mundial difundió los indicadores internacionales de buen gobierno y la Argentina no quedó bien parada. En esta oportunidad, y para evitar herir susceptibilidades, en lugar de presentar un ranking, el BM creó una especie de semáforo que comprende los colores verde oscuro (para los mejor calificados), verde claro, amarillo, naranja, rojo y marrón (para los peores, según su criterio). Dentro de los seis ítems que hacen a un gobierno de calidad, la Argentina está en amarillo en lo que hace a 'voz y responsabilidad', es decir, la posibilidad de los ciudadanos de participar en la elección de las autoridades y las libertades de expresión, asociación y prensa. Pero está en naranja -esto es, aún peor- en los otros cinco aspectos: la estabilidad política (y ausencia de violencia), la efectividad del gobierno (calidad de los servicios públicos y la administración pública, y su independencia de la política), la calidad regulatoria, el imperio de la ley y ejercicio del control de la corrupción."

Las Buenas Noticias también son Noticia
Buen Gobierno, 18 septiembre 2006

"México fue uno de los países que instrumentó sólidas reformas para transparentar la rendición de cuentas del gobierno federal, de acuerdo con un reporte del Banco Mundial que destaca los beneficios de una buena gobernabilidad."

Reprueba el Banco Mundial a México en gobernabilidad
El Economista, 18 septiembre 2006

"El único indicador donde México 'pasa de panzaso'" la media internacional acerca de los Indicadores de Gobernabilidad Global 2006 es en calidad regulatoria. De acuerdo con los expertos consultados por el Banco Mundial, la calificación de México en esta materia es de 62 puntos. La escala de referencia supone que un indicador de 100 puntos corresponde a los estándares mejor representados, lo que significa para México que en este factor de calidad regulatoria está por debajo de la media mundial.

FMI y otras instituciones acuerdan luchar contra corrupcion
AP Spanish Worldstream, 17 septiembre 2006

"Daniel Kaufmann, director de gobernabilidad global del Instituto del Banco Mundial, dijo que el costo de la lucha contra la corrupción 'es muy alto' y que las modalidades de corrupción varían de un país a otro. 'El control de la corrupción es factible', declaró en la presentación esta semana en Singapur de los indicadores de gobernabilidad mundial. 'Las estrategias requieren ir a la raíz del problema y por consiguiente a los papeles de los incentivos, prevención y reformas específicas económicas e institucionales.'"

Retrocede en México gobernabilidad. - BM
Nacional, 16 septiembre 2006

"El avance en materia de indicadores de gobernabilidad que México registró en la primera mitad del sexenio, se perdió en el último tramo de esta administración, observa un reporte del Banco Mundial dado a conocer ayer."

País no califica en indicadores internacionales de buen gobierno
La Nación, 16 septiembre 2006

"El Banco Mundial (BM), que organiza su asamblea anual en conjunto con el FMI, difundió ayer los indicadores internacionales de buen gobierno y la Argentina no quedó bien parada. Para evitar que se hieran susceptibilidades, el BM prefirió esta vez no armar un ranking, pero sí creó que una especie de semáforo que va del color verde oscuro (para los mejor calificados) al verde claro, amarillo, naranja, rojo y marrón (para los peores, según su criterio). 'Mayores niveles de vida son consecuencia de buenos gobiernos, y no al contrario', concluye el informe elaborado por el chileno Daniel Kaufmann. 'El control de la corrupción es sólo uno de muchos factores en un buen gobierno', dijo el economista, mientras que Wolfowitz convertía la lucha contra la cultura del soborno en un tema principal en el organismo.'"

Ve BM retrocesos en gobernabilidad
Nacional Reforma, 16 septiembre 2006

"México registró un avance en materia de indicadores de gobernabilidad durante la primera mitad del sexenio, que sin embargo se perdió en el último tramo de esta administración, de acuerdo con un reporte del Banco Mundial dado a conocer ayer. El informe Indicadores de la Gobernabilidad en el Ámbito Mundial 2006 otorga una calificación de 36.3 -en una escala de 1 a 100- a la estabilidad política en el país para el 2005, mientras que en el 2003 fue de 42.5 y en el 2000 de 37.3."

Cae la estabilidad política en el país
El Universal, 16 septiembre 2006

"Un informe del Banco Mundial afirma que el índice de estabilidad política en México descendió en los últimos cinco años. De acuerdo con los Indicadores de Gobernabilidad 2006, en 2000 México tuvo un índice de 37.3 puntos en la variable de estabilidad política; sin embargo, para 2005 este índice se ubicó en 36.3 puntos, mientras que en 2002 alcanzó su nivel más alto, al contabilizar 44.8 puntos."

Desempeño de los países en materia de gestión pública
Banco Mundial, 15 de septiembre 2006

"De acuerdo con un nuevo informe titulado Governance Matters 2006: Worldwide Governance Indicators, también es cierto que más de una docena de países no pertenecientes a la Organización de Cooperación y Desarrollo Económicos (OCDE), tales como Eslovenia, Chile y Estonia, registran puntajes más altos que los de algunos países industrializados, como Grecia e Italia, en los indicadores relativos al imperio de la ley y el control de la corrupción."

Sorprende Africa por su progreso en gobernabilidad: Banco Mundial.
Agencia Mexicana de Noticias, 15 septiembre 2006

"Las naciones africanas se encuentran entre los países con mayores progresos en gobernabilidad y alto a la corrupción, aseveró el informe "Indicadores de Gobernabilidad Mundial 2006", difundido hoy por el Banco Mundial (BM). El documento, dado a conocer en el marco de las reuniones anuales del BM y del Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI) en Singapur, indicó que Perú, Ghana, Tanzania, México, Bosnia, Serbia y Croacia destacan por sus reformas en la última década."

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Le Virus de la Mal Gouvernance
All Africa, 12 November 2006

"Ces résultats salutaires, prometteurs sont contenus dans un rapport de la Banque Mondiale intitulé Governance Matters 2006: Worldwide Governance Indicators. Ils ne se limitent pas au prototype sénégalais mais s'étalent à un archétype de pays africains tels que le Botswana, le Ghana, la Sierra Leone, le Mozambique et le Libéria, de même qu'une douzaine de pays hors OCDE comme la Slovénie, le Chili et l'Estonie, qui dépassent largement certains pays industrialisés tels que la Grèce et l'Italie. Concernant le pays de la Teranga, une indulgence exiguë de ses paramètres, divulguerait clairement l'opposé."

Gouvernance et lutte contre la corruption - le Sénégal dans le lot des meilleurs pratiquants
All Africa, 25 septembre 2006

"La Banque modiale vient de citer le Sénégal parmi les pays africains qui ont fait des performances dans le domaine de la lutte contre la mal-gouvernance et la corruption.
D'après Daniel Kaufmann, co-auteur du rapport et directeur du programme gouvernance mondiale à l'Institut de la Bm, ces constatations font voler en éclats un certain nombre de mythes, dont l'un a trait à l'Afrique. 'Ces indicateurs remettent en question l'afro-pessimisme', déclare Kaufman. 'L'analyse des données révèle qu'en moyenne, l'Afrique est confrontée à d'énormes défis. C'est toutefois une erreur de s'en tenir à l'examen des moyennes', ajoute-il. M. Kaufman de poursuivre. 'Dans notre rapport, nous faisons preuve de franchise en affirmant qu'en moyenne, l'Afrique est confrontée à d'énormes défis de gouvernance. Bien des pays affichent une piètre performance en matière de gouvernance et de lutte contre la corruption'."

Faut-il aider les Etats corrompus?
Le Monde, 24 septembre 2006

Mais cette remarque ne vaut pas ligne de conduite : les études de Daniel Kaufmann, économiste de la Banque mondiale, ont montré qu'"en moyenne les pays dotés d'une bonne gouvernance croissent plus vite que les pays à mauvais gouvernement et que l'efficacité des projets cofinancés par la Banque est très affectée dans les pays à gouvernance faible et à corruption élevée"

Selon la Banque mondiale, les réformes amènent un accroissement des revenus nationaux
All Africa, 21 septembre 2006

"Selon la Banque mondiale, les pays qui investissent dans la réforme de leur gouvernement peuvent s'attendre à des gains considérables en matière de développement et à un accroissement du revenu par habitant. Dans un communiqué de presse du 15 septembre annonçant la parution du rapport Governance Matters V : Worldwide Governance Indicators 1996-2005, M. Daniel Kaufmann, directeur de la gouvernance mondiale à l'Institut de la Banque mondiale, a déclaré que les pays qui entreprennent des réformes constatent que « la bonne gouvernance » est reconnue par les investisseurs étrangers, les bailleurs de fonds, les responsables gouvernementaux et le grand public comme primordiale et qu'elle « se traduit par un niveau de vie plus élevé et une diminution de la pauvreté."

La politique anticorruption de la Banque mondiale est contestée
Le Monde, 20 septembre 2006

"Paul Wolfowitz, président de la Banque mondiale, s'est vu demander, lundi 18 septembre à Singapour, plus de prudence dans sa politique anticorruption par une majorité d'Etats. Le sujet n'est pas nouveau : depuis 1999, la Banque a relevé 2 000 fraudes sur ses programmes et a sanctionné 330 entreprises ou individus. Une étude réalisée par ses propres services et rendue publique à Singapour rendra peut-être M. Wolfowitz plus indulgent pour les pays en développement : les Indicateurs mondiaux de la gouvernance élaborés sous la responsabilité de Daniel Kaufmann, directeur de la gouvernance globale, montrent que la Slovénie, le Chili, le Botswana et l'Estonie font mieux en matière de respect du droit et de prévention de la corruption que des pays industrialisés comme la Grèce et l'Italie, pourtant peu critiqués sur la place publique."

De nouveaux indicateurs de la Banque mondiale sur la bonne gouvernance
All Africa, 19 septembre 2006

"Les experts de la Banque mondiale ont publié le vendredi 15 septembre 2006, depuis Singapour, un rapport sur les indicateurs pour mesurer la gouvernance dans un pays. Ce rapport se base sur une étude menée sur un échantillon de 200 Etats. Les conclusions notent qu' « à l'échelle mondiale, les tendances en matière de gouvernance ne prêtent guère à l'optimisme. Si un certain nombre de pays ont évolué dans le bon sens, ils ont été aussi nombreux à voir leur situation se détériorer, et beaucoup n'ont affiché aucun changement notable. » Ces indicateurs constituent un « outil inappréciable » pour établir un état des lieux dans chaque domaine et mesurer les progrès accomplis."

Quelle est la performance des pays en matière de gouvernance?
Banco Mundial, 15 septembre 2006

"Cette étude, dont les résultats sont contenus dans un nouveau rapport intitulé Governance Matters 2006: Worldwide Governance Indicators, montre également que sur la base des indicateurs de la primauté du droit et de la lutte contre la corruption, une douzaine de pays non membres de l’OCDE, notamment la Slovénie, le Chili et l’Estonie, réalisent une performance supérieure à celle de certains pays industrialisés tels que la Grèce et l’Italie."

La mauvaise gouvernance ne concerne pas que les pays en développement
Le Service en français de Xinhua, 15 septembre 2006

"La gouvernance peut être mesurée et les problèmes de mauvaise gouvernance ne concernent pas que les pays en développement, indique un nouveau rapport sur la gouvernance mondiale publié vendredi par la Banque mondiale (BM) à Singapour. "La publication de ces indicateurs (sur la gouvernance à l'échelle mondiale) apporte la preuve que la gouvernance peut être mesurée et que les problèmes de mauvaise gouvernance ne sont pas un défi réservé aux pays en développement", a déclaré Daniel Kaufmann, directeur de la gouvernance mondiale à l'Institut de la BM, lors d'une conférence de presse."

Banque Mondiale : Haïti sur une liste de 23 pays perméables à de « possibles infiltrations du terrorisme »
Alter Presse, 15 septembre 2006

"Haïti figure parmi 23 pays, considérés par la Banque Mondiale comme pays « faibles et pauvres, particulièrement vulnérables à de « possibles infiltrations du terrorisme », rapporte l’agence ANSA, ce 15 septembre 2006. Au nombre de 17 en 2003, la liste de pays ’’fragiles’’ passe trois ans plus tard à 23. Haïti se retrouve sur cette liste aux côtés, entre autres, de l’Afghanistan, du Soudan, de la Somalie, de l’Érythrée, du Kosovo et des territoires palestiniens la Cisjordanie et Gaza.

La mauvaise gouvernance ne concerne pas que les pays en développement (BM)
Xinhua, 15 Septembre 2006

"La gouvernance peut être mesurée et les problèmes de mauvaise gouvernance ne concernent pas que les pays en développement, indique un nouveau rapport sur la gouvernance mondiale publié vendredi par la Banque mondiale (BM) à Singapour."

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Bird dá nota baixa ao governo brasileiro
O Globo, 16 September 2006

"O Brasil não aparece bem na radiografia do Banco Mundial (Bird) sobre a qualidade dos governos, divulgada ontem. O governo brasileiro não atinge os dois primeiros níveis de avaliação em nenhum dos seis quesitos: liberdade de expressão e de voto; estabilidade política e ausência de violência; eficácia das ações do governo; qualidade do sistema regulatório da economia; eficácia das leis e controle da corrupção."

Corrupção é endêmica no Brasil, diz Bird
Folha de São Paulo, 16 September 2006

"O presidente do Bird (Banco Mundial), Paul Wolfowitz, afirmou ontem, em Cingapura, que a corrupção é 'um grande tema' no Brasil e que conversou recentemente sobre o assunto com o presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Wolfowitz também usou as expressões "endêmica e profundamente enraizada" ao responder a pergunta da Folha sobre as denúncias de corrupção no Brasil envolvendo o Congresso Nacional e o governo federal"

Eleições e crise
Panorama Econômico, 27 August 2006

"Corrupção não é apenas um problema político. É também um problema econômico. Um país pode se desenvolver por algum tempo num ambiente de corrupção, explicou o diretor de governança global do Banco Mundial, Daniel Kaufmann na revista “Época”, mas não tem crescimento sustentado. A má prática afasta investimento privado e drena recursos do setor público."

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Kontrollierter Kampf gegen die Korruption
Tages-Anzeiger, 29 September 2006

"So sieht es auch Daniel Kaufmann, der für die Weltbank seit einigen Jahren versucht, die Qualität von Regierungen in Punkten messbar zu machen. Grundlage sind Umfragen unter Bürgern, Firmen und Entwicklungsgruppen, die sich zur Effektivität der Behörden, ihrem Eindruck der Korruptionsbekämpfung und Mitspracherechten äussern."

Weltbankbericht zur Regierungsführung erschienen
Dow Jones Unternehmen Deutschland, 22 September 2006

"Weltweit betrachtet hat sich die Regierungsführung von 1996 bis 2005 nicht wesentlich verbessert. Das ist die ernüchternde Schlussfolgerung des Weltbankberichts "Governance Matters V: Governance Indicators for 1996-2005". Dennoch lohnt sich ein Blick in die Studie, die Daten für 213 Staaten liefert. Wenn auch kein weltweiter Trend auszumachen ist, so haben sich einige Länder in einzelnen Bereichen der Regierungsführung deutlich verbessert."

Anticorruptiebeleid is wapen tegen armoede
De Tijd, 22 September 2006

"De Wereldbank schroeft de strijd tegen de corruptie op. De koerswijziging is omstreden, bleek op de Wereldbanktop in Singapore. Critici vrezen dat de nieuwe strategie de strijd tegen de armoede ondermijnt en dat de druk om te privatiseren toeneemt. 'Dat is onzin', zegt Daniel Kaufman, directeur deugdelijk bestuur bij de Wereldbank. 'Een anticorruptiebeleid is cruciaal voor de ontwikkeling van een land.'"

Gute Nachrichten für reformwillige Politiker
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 16 September 2006

"Die Weltbank bemüht sich auf schwierigem Gelände um politische Korrektheit. In der am Rande der Jahrestagung von Weltbank und IMF vorgestellten Studie zu «Good Governance» verzichtet sie auf eine Rangliste der besten und schlechtesten Staaten. Stattdessen färbt sie den Atlas in Grün, Gelb und Rot ein; Burma, viele Länder Zentralafrikas und Venezuela sind sogar tiefrot gebrandmarkt."

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Corruptie is nu overal ter wereld bespreekbaar
Het Nieuwsblad, 2 oktober 2006

"'Het taboe is doorbroken. Eindelijk kunnen we met vrijwel alle regeringen discussiëren over corruptie'. Daniel Kaufmann, de directeur van de Wereldbank is daar elke dag mee bezig. 'Hoewel we op wereldschaal nog geen spectaculaire verbetering zien, geeft het doorbreken van het taboe ons de hoop dat we de strijd tegen corruptie op langere termijn zullen winnen'."

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В исследовании Всемирного банка в числе стран, достигших успехов в области совершенствования госуправления, упоминаются Ботсвана, Гана, Сенегал, Сьерра-Леоне, Мозамбик и Либерия
Финмаркет, 18 September 2006

"Кроме того, говорится в сообщении Всемирного банка, из результатов исследований, приводимых в опубликованном докладе под названием "Governance Matters 2006: Worldwide Governance Indicators" (Управление имеет значение - 2006: общемировые показатели качества управления), явствует, что в более чем десяти странах, не входящих в ОЭСР, в том числе, Словении, Чили и Эстонии, показатели по таким аспектам, как верховенство закона и борьба с коррупцией, выше, чем в некоторых промышленно развитых стран - таких, как Греция и Италия."

Десять лет без прогресса
ОЛЬГА КУВШИНОВА, 18 September 2006

В своем исследовании Governance Matters, 2006: Worldwide Governance Indicators, опубликованном в конце недели, ВБ отмечает, что такие показатели, как свобода общества, эффективность деятельности правительства, в России заметно ухудшились. Куда больше за последние пять лет российские власти преуспели в борьбе с коррупцией.

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2006 年環球治理指標調查報告 新加坡治理環境超群
16 September 2006
聯合早報 (繁體)

新加坡的治理(governance)環境超群,在受調查的213個國家中,政府效率(government effectiveness)、條例素質( regulatory quality)、法律(rule of law)、貪污管制( control of corruption)都在96百分位數(percentile)以上,其中政府效率和條例素質更達100百分位數。世界銀行環球治理主管考夫曼(Daniel Kaufmann)昨天發表了 2006年環球治理指標調查報告。

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لبنك الدولي: إصلاح نظام الإدارة العامة قد يحقق عائدات إنمائية هائلة يلعب دورا بالغ الأهمية في تحسين المستويات المعيشية
صحيفة الشرق الأوسط   الاحـد 17 أيلول/سبتمبر 2006

السلطنة الثانية عربيا في سيادة القانون
صحيفة  الوطن الاحـد 17 أيلول/سبتمبر2006

رأي الوطن
سيادة القانون طريق للاستقرار السياسي
 
صحيفة  الوطن الاحـد 17 أيلول/سبتمبر 2006

عمان تحتل المرتبة الثانية عربيا في مؤشر سيادة القانون 
السبت 16 أيلول / سبتمبر2006   - حيدر بن عبد الرضا

الجزائر تعاني فسادا حادا حسب البنك الدولي 
صحيفة  الشروق اليومي   السبت 16 أيلول / سبتمبر   -   2006 – عبد الوهاب بوكروح

البنك الدولي يؤكد ان ضعف نظام الادارة العامة ليس تحديا مقصورا على الدول النامية 
كونا السبت 16 أيلول / سبتمبر 2006

السلطنة تحقق المرتبة الثانية على المستوى العربي في سيادة القانون 
صحيفة عمان  - خالد بن راشد العدوي 2006 

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