The Promise and Perils of Global Indicators: Doing Business and the Reform of the Business Enabling Environment

Shining a Light?

Global indicators can be very helpful, but they also require some caution in their use.  Global indicators draw our attention to problems and provide metrics to compare across economies and over time.  With comparative rankings and positive attention given to "top reformers" rewarded by the Doing Business (DB) team, such indicators had a strong motivating effect on many countries to pursue certain business environment reforms.

What works in public utility reform: Lessons from evaluations in the energy and water sectors

Utility reform has never been more important. The COVID-19 pandemic has badly impacted utilities across the world. Many utilities are now under intensified financial stress due to budget reductions and a loss of revenue, resulting from a sudden drop in collection rates, suspension of billing, and tariff adjustment in some countries. This, in turn, has made it more challenging to ensure continued service delivery.

State Your Business: What are the keys to successful reform of state-owned enterprises?

State-Owned Enterprises SOEs are critical to many developing and emerging economies where the lives of millions of citizens are deeply affected by how these enterprises are run. Governments use SOEs to provide services across multiple sectors and to address the impacts of economic downturns or crises, such as the current COVID-19 crisis.  

State Your Business!

Brief description

This is IEG’s first systematic assessment of World Bank Group’s support for the reform of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), looking at what works and the factors of success. It parallels Bank Group efforts to provide more integrated support to SOE reform in client countries and to empower staff with new tools.