Publication: Institutional and Governance Reviews : A New Type of Economic Sector Work
In 1999 the Bank began conducting Institutional and Governance Reviews (IGRs), adding to its tools for economic and sector work. IGRs trace the institutional roots of weak government performance and offer practical recommendations for improving government operations and development strategies. The 13 IGR products generated so far have varied considerably -reflecting differences in the performance problems addressed, the stage of the dialogue between the Bank and the country being assessed, and the resources available to the Bank's country teams. A recent assessment of the Bank's experience with Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers recommends that countries undertake IGRs early in the process of producing those papers. In addition, the Bank's Task Force on Low-income Countries Under Stress recommends that IGRs be conducted to build knowledge and capacity in such countries. IGRs have several distinctive features. They assess performance failures empirically, using surveys and quantitative measures whenever possible. They encourage the development of standardized tools and other modular approaches that help maintain quality at reasonable cost. And most important, they analyze the feasibility of reform recommendations by considering political realities and potential constraints.
“Levy, Brian; Manning, Nick. 2002. Institutional and Governance Reviews : A New Type of Economic Sector Work. PREM Notes; No. 75. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/d39fe033-55ee-5773-97e6-51dfb7826ce9 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”