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A trio of perspectives on corruption : bias, speed money and "grand theft infrastructure" (English)

A number of recent survey articles express hope that new data from enterprise surveys would shed new light on corruption complementing the corruption perception index by Transparency International. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5889 NOV 01, 2011

Kenny, Charles; Klein, Michael; Sztajerowska, Monika

'Red flags of corruption' in world bank projects : an analysis of infrastructure contracts (English)

"Red flags" are indicators of potential issues regarding governance failure, collusion or corruption in projects. While some specific red flags can be powerful indicators of issues to be addressed, the hypothesis of this paper is that many proposed red flags are potentially too ubiquitous and randomly distributed to be useful as indicators of significant governance failure. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5243 MAR 01, 2010

Musatova, Maria; Kenny, Charles

Publishing construction contracts and outcome details (English)

Construction governance failures can lead to the construction of the wrong infrastructure, poor quality construction, and excessively high prices for work. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5247 MAR 01, 2010

Kenny, Charles

Deterring corruption and improving governance in road construction and maintenance (English)

This sourcebook is part of a broader program on governance and corruption in the transport sector. The Sourcebook is meant as a resource to sector practitioners to assess the extent and risks of corruption in the sector and to improve governance in ways that reduce corruption. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 51748 SEP 01, 2009

David Ehrhardt; Chloë Oliver; Charles Kenny

Deterring corruption and improving governance in the urban water and sanitation sector (English)

Governments typically provide the water and sanitation sector with substantial amounts of public money. Monopoly power, public funds, and discretionary decisions, coupled with poor accountability, breed corruption. ... See More +

Brief 47315 JAN 01, 2009

Halpern, Jonathan ; Kenny, Charles ; Dickson, Eric ; Erhardt, David ; Oliver, Chloe

Why do people die in earthquakes ? the costs, benefits and institutions of disaster risk reduction in developing countries (English)

Every year, around 60,000 people die worldwide in natural disasters. The majority of the deaths are caused by building collapse in earthquakes, and the great majority occurs in the developing world. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4823 JAN 01, 2009

Kenny, Charles

Grand corruption in utilities (English)

This paper discusses mechanisms of grand corruption in private sector utility provision in developing countries. By the term "grand corruption," the authors abstract from the petty corruption that consumers experience - for example, when firms and individuals pay bribes to get water delivery or an electricity connection. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4805 DEC 01, 2008

Kenny, Charles; Soreide, Tina

Deterring corruption and improving governance in the urban water supply and sanitation sector : a sourcebook (English)

This sourcebook is part of a broader program of work on governance and corruption in the water supply and sanitation sector. The Sourcebook is meant as a resource to assist water and sanitation sector practitioners to assess the extent and risks of corruption in the sector and to improve governance in ways that reduce corruption. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 46829 DEC 01, 2008

Ehrhardt, David; Kenny, Charles; Oliver, Chloe; Halpern, Jonathan; Dickson, Eric

Deterring corruption and improving governance in the electricity sector : a sourcebook (English)

This sourcebook is part of a broader program on governance and corruption in the electricity sector. The sourcebook is meant as a resource to sector practitioners to assess the extent and risks of corruption in the sector and to improve governance in ways that reduce corruption. ... See More +

Working Paper 46708 NOV 01, 2008

Halpern, Jonathan; Kenny, Charles; Dickson, Eric

Infrastructure governance and corruption : where next ? (English)

Governance is central to development outcomes in infrastructure, not least because corruption (a symptom of failed governance) can have significantly negative impact on returns to infrastructure investment. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4331 AUG 01, 2007

Kenny, Charles

Output-Based aid in infrastructure : a tool for reducing the impact of corruption (English)

This note stress that it is important to reduce the financial cost of corruption by limiting bribe payments. But even more important is to ensure that corruption does not reduce the quantity and quality of infrastructure provision. ... See More +

Brief 40832 AUG 01, 2007

Mumssen, Yogita; Kenny, Charles

Construction, corruption, and developing countries (English)

The construction industry accounts for about one-third of gross capital formation. Governments have major roles as clients, regulators, and owners of construction companies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4271 JUN 01, 2007

Kenny, Charles

Measuring and reducing the impact of corruption in infrastructure (English)

This paper examines what we can say about the extent and impact of corruption in infrastructure in developing countries using existing evidence. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4099 DEC 01, 2006

Kenny, Charles

What is effective aid? How would donors allocate It? (English)

There are significant weaknesses in some of the traditional justifications for assuming that aid will foster development. This paper looks at what the cross-country aid effectiveness literature and World Bank Operations Evaluation Department reviews have suggested about effective aid, first in terms of promoting income growth, and then for promoting other goals. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4005 SEP 01, 2006

Kenny, Charles

The next decade of ICT development : access, applications and the forces of convergence (English)

The last decade has seen an incredible expansion in access to ICTs, as well as an explosion in applications. Driving this revolution have been new disruptive technologies exploited by new business models, in turn enabled by policy and regulatory reforms. ... See More +

Working Paper 38118 JUN 01, 2006

Kenny, Charles; Khalil, Mohsen

Reforming the posts : abandoning the monopoly-supported postal universal service obligation in developing countries (English)

The monopoly-supported universal service obligation (USO) is usually defended on the grounds that the monopoly allows for cross-subsidy in letter services that in turn allows universal access to a service of great importance to all. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS3627 JUN 01, 2005

Kenny, Charles

Operational guidance for World Bank Group staff : public and private sector roles in the information and communication infrastructure sector (English)

To fully benefit from the utilization of information and communication technologies (ICTs), developing countries will require private and public financing to develop the information and communications infrastructure (ICI) which is the foundation of ICT applications. ... See More +

Working Paper 33824 JUL 01, 2004

Von Friedeburg, Stephanie; Terrab, Mostafa; Pradhan, Rajesh; Solan, Joseph; Vish, Ravi; Kenny, Charles; Guislain, Pierre; Smith, Peter; Qiang, Christine

The World Bank and telecommunications lending (English)

This paper focuses on the performance of the World Bank Group's activities in the telecommunications sector during the 1990s, using data on telecommunications rollout and reform as well as data on WBG's projects. ... See More +

Brief 88239 MAY 01, 2004

Kenny, Charles; Lewin, Anat

Information and communication technologies and broad-based development (English)

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are increasingly seen as integral to the development process. This paper reviews some of the evidence for the link between telecommunications and the Internet and economic growth, the likely impact of the new ICTs on income inequality and anecdotal evidence regarding the role of the Internet in improving government services and governance. ... See More +

Publication 27949 DEC 01, 2003

Jia Liu; Christine Zhen-Wei Qiang; Taylor Reynolds; Charles Kenny; Jeremy Grace

Information and communication technologies : a World Bank Group strategy (English)

Knowledge has always been central to development. It is necessary for markets and governments to function, for the process of innovation, and for the application of new ideas. ... See More +

Publication 80088 APR 01, 2002

Foster, Vivien; Kirchner, Lizmara; Zhen-Wei Qiang, Christine; Wheeler, David; McNamara, Kerry; Kerr-Smith, Bill; Kenny, Charles; Durier, Sabine; Wellenius, Bjorn; Smith, Peter; Dokeniya, Anupama; Schware, Robert

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A trio of perspectives on corruption : bias, speed money and "grand theft infrastructure" (English)
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NOV 01, 2011 WPS5889 Policy Research Working Paper
'Red flags of corruption' in world bank projects : an analysis of infrastructure contracts (English)
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MAR 01, 2010 WPS5243 Policy Research Working Paper
Publishing construction contracts and outcome details (English)
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MAR 01, 2010 WPS5247 Policy Research Working Paper
Deterring corruption and improving governance in road construction and maintenance (English)
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SEP 01, 2009 51748 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Deterring corruption and improving governance in the urban water and sanitation sector (English)
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JAN 01, 2009 47315 Brief
Why do people die in earthquakes ? the costs, benefits and institutions of disaster risk reduction in developing countries (English)
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JAN 01, 2009 WPS4823 Policy Research Working Paper
Grand corruption in utilities (English)
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DEC 01, 2008 WPS4805 Policy Research Working Paper
Deterring corruption and improving governance in the urban water supply and sanitation sector : a sourcebook (English)
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DEC 01, 2008 46829 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Deterring corruption and improving governance in the electricity sector : a sourcebook (English)
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NOV 01, 2008 46708 Working Paper
Infrastructure governance and corruption : where next ? (English)
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AUG 01, 2007 WPS4331 Policy Research Working Paper
Output-Based aid in infrastructure : a tool for reducing the impact of corruption (English)
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AUG 01, 2007 40832 Brief
Construction, corruption, and developing countries (English)
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JUN 01, 2007 WPS4271 Policy Research Working Paper
Measuring and reducing the impact of corruption in infrastructure (English)
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DEC 01, 2006 WPS4099 Policy Research Working Paper
What is effective aid? How would donors allocate It? (English)
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SEP 01, 2006 WPS4005 Policy Research Working Paper
The next decade of ICT development : access, applications and the forces of convergence (English)
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JUN 01, 2006 38118 Working Paper
Reforming the posts : abandoning the monopoly-supported postal universal service obligation in developing countries (English)
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JUN 01, 2005 WPS3627 Policy Research Working Paper
Operational guidance for World Bank Group staff : public and private sector roles in the information and communication infrastructure sector (English)
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JUL 01, 2004 33824 Working Paper
The World Bank and telecommunications lending (English)
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MAY 01, 2004 88239 Brief
Information and communication technologies and broad-based development (English)
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DEC 01, 2003 27949 Publication
Information and communication technologies : a World Bank Group strategy (English)
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APR 01, 2002 80088 Publication