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Welcome to the GAC HomepageThe World Bank views good governance and anti-corruption as important to its poverty alleviation mission. Many governance and anti-corruption initiatives are taking place throughout the World Bank Group. They focus on internal organizational integrity, minimizing corruption on World Bank-funded projects, and assisting countries in improving governance and controlling corruption.

Combining participatory action-oriented learning, capacity-building tools, and the power of data, the World Bank Institute (WBI), in collaboration with other units in the World Bank Group, supports countries in improving governance and controlling corruption. We also provide policy and institutional advice and support to countries in their formulation of action programs.
Using a strategic and multidisciplinary approach, we apply action-learning methods to link empirical diagnostic surveys,
their practical application, collective action, and prevention. Concrete results on the ground are emphasized in our learning programs and clinics as well as the periodic release of the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) and country diagnostics. This integrated approach is supported by operational research and a comprehensive governance databank.

Resource Center

Resources - Find other resources within the World Bank and browse external links to governance sites under Resources.

In the News - Access news articles and other media mentions of governance and anti-corruption issues under Media Mentions.
Publications - Find working papers and research.
Data - Interact with the governance databank.
Events - Locate upcoming and past events, conferences and seminars.
Programs - Explore our capacity enhancement programs and
learning program.

Video and Audio Library - Watch and listen past presentations.

Team - Meet the WBI Governance and Anti-Corruption team. 

New Papers and Data on Governance

bannerGovernance Matters VIII: Governance Indicators for 1996-2008 by Daniel Kaufmann, Aart Kraay, and Massimo Mastruzzi. This paper presents the latest of our estimates of six dimensions of governance covering 212 countries and territories between 1996 and 2008.

Recent Publications

Improving Transparency, Integrity, and Accountability in Water Supply and Sanitation by Maria Gonzalez de Asis, Donald O'Leary, Per Ljung, J. Butterworth

public service delivery series coverPublic Sector Governance and Accountability Series
edited by Anwar Shah

role of parlimanets in curbing corruption coverThe Role of Parliaments in Curbing Corruption 
edited by Rick Stapenhurst, Niall Johnston, Riccardo Pelizzo 



Press Release on 2009 Worldwide Governance Indicators

Country Diagnostic Surveys


New Worldwide Governance Indicators released
Book Launch: Improving Transparency, Integrity, and Accountability in Water Supply and Sanitation
Corruption and the Global Financial Crisis 
Aid Effectiveness and Governance: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Daniel Kaufmann's Farewell Lecture - Governance, Crisis, and the Longer View: Unorthodox Reflections on the New RealityView PDF presentation
Governance Matters VIII: Governance Indicators for 1996-2008

Related Links

1.How the World Bank Fights Corruption
2.One-page briefs on Corruption
3.Bribery Worldwide: $1 trillion and counting


1.Newsletter (past editions)
2.Take a Mini-Survey on Corruption


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