World Governance Assessment

January 2000 to December 2007

The quality of governance has become an issue of increasing concern in countries around the world, both developed and developing. While the evidence suggests governance matters for development, there is less understanding regarding what aspects matter most and how to improve governance. The main problem is the lack of reliable, valid and comparable data on key governance issues. This has left many unanswered questions regarding when, why and how governance makes a difference to the way countries develop. Current indicators also provide inadequate measures for assessing changes and informing strategies to improve governance. The WGA is a global, collaborative effort to improve the assessment and analysis of governance.

WGA Phase 1 (2000-2002) was a pilot study in 16 countries to gauge perceptions of governance in 6 arenas. Phase 2 (2005-2007) used an improved methodology and surveyed perceptions in 10 countries.

Outputs

Rebuilding Governance in Iraq

Working and discussion papers | January 2005 | Julius Court and Goran Hyden

While the priority in Iraq remains on military issues, with the forthcoming election emphasis is shifting towards establishing civilian forms of governance that are legitimate and sustainable. Although driven by the noble aim of building a liberal democracy,...

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Making Sense of Governance: Empirical Evidence from 16 Developing Countries

Books or book chapters | June 2004 | Goran Hyden, Julius Court and Kenneth Mease

Although governance has been the focus of a considerable body of literature on democratic transitions and consolidation, data to support the claim that the concept is a useful one has been lacking. Now however, Making Sense of Governance clearly shows the...

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Conclusions from Phase I

Working and discussion papers | August 2003 | Goran Hyden, Julius Court and Kenneth Mease

This paper presents the conclusions of our effort to undertake systematic and comprehensive governance assessments in 16 developing countries - drawing on the views of local stakeholders. This working paper outlines what we consider to be the principal...

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The Bureaucracy and Governance in 16 Developing Countries

Working and discussion papers | June 2003 | Goran Hyden, Julius Court and Kenneth Mease

This paper presents our findings on the bureaucracy arena in 16 developing countries. Four observations stand out as especially important. The first is that bureaucracy is one of the more problematic arenas of governance in the countries in our study. Hiring...

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Government and Governance in 16 Developing Countries

Working and discussion papers | June 2003 | Goran Hyden, Julius Court and Kenneth Mease

This paper presents the findings on the government arena in 16 developing countries. The first key finding of relevance for both researchers and practitioners concerns the need to make a distinction between government and regime.

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Political Society and Governance in 16 Developing Countries

Working and discussion papers | June 2003 | Goran Hyden, Julius Court and Kenneth Mease

This paper presents the findings for political society in 16 developing countries. Our study confirms that political society is the most difficult arena to govern. The political society arena is problematic in virtually all countries included in our survey....

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Civil Society and Governance in 16 Developing Countries

Working and discussion papers | June 2003 | Goran Hyden, Julius Court and Kenneth Mease

This paper presents the findings for the civil society arena in 16 developing countries. We find that the civil society arena is generally considered to be quite open in the countries included in our study. And it has recorded a solid improvement in recent...

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The Judiciary and Governance in 16 Developing Countries

Working and discussion papers | April 2003 | Goran Hyden, Julius Court and Kenneth Mease

This paper presents the findings for the judiciary arena in 16 developing countries. We find that the judicial arena is problematic in virtually all countries included in our survey. Access to justice remains low.

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Making Sense of Governance: The Need for Involving Local Stakeholders

Working and discussion papers | January 2003 | Goran Hyden, Julius Court and Kenneth Mease

There is no shortage of references to the notion that the quality of governance matters to development. Many observers and analysts believe that it is the main reason for explaining variations in socio-economic development performance around the world. Kofi...

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Measuring Governance: Methodological Challenges

Working and discussion papers | August 2002 | Goran Hyden, Julius Court and Kenneth Mease

This paper begins by assessing different ways in which governance has been studied by others so as to place the authors own study in a comparative methodological context. The paper discusses the implementation of the survey, highlighting some of the problems...

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Governance and Development: Sorting Out the Basics

Working and discussion papers | August 2002 | Goran Hyden, Julius Court and Kenneth Mease

Governance has become a key concept in the international development debate over the past ten years. It marks an intriguing transformation in focus from micro to macro issues. It also poses fresh challenges to those interested in relating socio-economic...

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Assessing Governance Dataset

Databases | August 2002
This dataset includes 30 indicators for 16 developing countries, representing 51% of the world’s population, for the years 1996 and 2000.
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Governance and Corruption Brief

Briefing papers | January 2002 | Goran Hyden and Julius Court

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has stated that ‘good governance is perhaps the single most important factor in eradicating poverty and promoting development’.1 If governance matters, so does the need for more reliable and valid data on key governance...

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Assessing and Analyzing Governance in India

Working and discussion papers | January 2002 | Julius Court

As part of the World Governance Survey (WGS) project, a comprehensive assessment of governance at the national level in India was conducted in 2001. 177 experts from four states – Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi and Kerala – completed a questionnaire providing...

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People Power II in the Philippines: The First e-Revolution?

Working and discussion papers | January 2001 | Julius Court

With the new Century over a year old, technology has now played critical yet very different roles in bringing two of the world’s leaders to power. Among others things, Florida will remembered for technological hitches that plagued the ballot counting and...

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Estrada, not People Power II, Weakened Democracy in the Philippines

Working and discussion papers | January 2001 | Julius Court

Many people in the Philippines breathed a sigh of relief as Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was sworn in as the new President a month ago. They had had enough of Estrada’s corruption, cronyism and incompetence. After the collapse of the impeachment hearings, they took...

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