The Future of Government: Reimagining Government for Good

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00:00 Introduction to The Future of Government Series
05:11 Welcome remarks
07:16 Highlights of The Future of Government Report
16:02 The origins of The Future of Government Report
23:30 Achievements of good governance
26:42 Governance failures: Avoiding mistakes of the past
31:54 Priorities to improve the livelihoods of citizens
36:37 Communicating the achievements of governments
38:32 Understanding governance from a citizen perspective
41:21 Taking participation in the shaping of the government
45:02 The role of education to be active participants
47:00 Cybersecurity, trust and governance
50:18 Meeting basic needs and addressing gender gaps
55:23 Improving the huge inequality gaps and social discontent
58:44 How can individuals support changing governments for good
1:05:02 Closure and thanks for tuning!

"Change will happen, but the real question is how will this be a better change? How can we reimagine government and how can this be done in a way that we learn what worked and didn't work in the past. Most importantly, governments need to understand what citizens want and then respond to that accordingly. The expectations of citizens are changing and that is what is creating the demand gap."

— Edward Olowo-Okere, Global Director, Governance Global Practice, World Bank Group


"We deliberately and provocatively posed questions that we know that there is not one single response to. As part of the Future of Government initiative, we've created the vision of the government of the future."

— Donna Andrews, Global Lead for Public Institutions Reform in the Governance Global Practice, World Bank

"There is an opportunity to reexamine what governments do for their citizens and what citizens do for their governments."

— Tim Williamson, Global Lead for Public Financial Management, Public Investment Management and Subnational Governance, World Bank

"It is very difficult to have a successful outcome from government if we do not count on the people. Most importantly, people need to feel part of the process of change and part of the decision-making process."

— Laura Chinchilla, Former President of the Republic of Costa Rica

"In order to build collaboration and cohesiveness, the key element is trust and how you build that trust."

— Peck Kem Low, Chief Human Resources Officer, Singapore Public Service

"Stay engaged especially with service. Be the one who brings people together & finds solutions. Listening to people & staying engaged are the two keys to bring about the government of the future."

— George Kronnisanyon Werner, Former Minister of Education, Liberia

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Governance Specialist, Global Procurement Unit, World Bank

Hello everyone, and welcome to the report launch of Reimagining Government for Good. I’m Alasdair Fraser with the World Bank. With Jacques Rosenberg and Samuel Garoni, we'll do our best to answer your questions in the live chat.

We'll start the event in a few minutes. Please stay tuned and submit your comments and questions using the live chat.

Alasdair Fraser / World Bank

You can join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #FutureOfGovernment .
This event will also be live-streamed on our World Bank Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts.

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Q&A How possible is it for goverment to have reforms in formulating policy,providing regulation and delivering services for development outcomes for countries that have massive corruption.How can these be practical and not just theory

Christine Wanjiku Kamunjuu

Answer from Alasdair: Thanks for your question. The report proposes a deliberate approach to tackling this critical issue. It proposes an approach which tackles and addresses the actual distribution of power and the diversion of resources for private purposes.

Q&A What supports can WB afford in instituting Good government?

David Onigbinde ( Director of Monitoring & Evaluation, Nigeria)

Answer from Samuel: The World Bank supports governments to effectively provide public goods, supporting an environment that can generate jobs and growth, it helps to address market failures and to engage citizens in the process. This is more important than ever. Please find more information here:

Q&A How can the WB encourage governments to prioritize environmental and sustainable development issues?


Answer from Samuel: The World Bank has been fully engaged in the Sustainable Development Goals and is supporting governments and other multilateral organizations in achieving these ambitious goals by 2030. Whether financing access to electricity for school children in rural areas or investing in mass transit infrastructure to create more livable cities, we view development in all sectors through the lens of social inclusion and environmental sustainability. Over the last decade, the World Bank has managed one of the largest sources of multilateral development funds for protecting biodiversity, supporting sustainable forest management and good stewardship of our oceans, along with combating wildlife crime. Find more information here:

Q&A I would like to hear about the compatibility of politics with the economy of a state and the effect of politics on the economy of a country, in any situation.

Suborna Borsha

Answer from Alasdair: The report examines the links between political opportunities and constraints, and how governments act - and could choose to act in the future.

What are Practical Steps or strategies for instituting Good Government at all Levels, and the components of a Good government?

David Onigbinde ( Director of Monitoring & Evaluation, Nigeria)

Currently speaking are Donna Andrews, Global Lead for Public Institutions Reform in the Governance Practice at the World Bank, and Tim Williamson, Global Lead for Public Financial Management, Public Investment Management and Subnational Governance in the Governance Practice at the World Bank.

Alasdair Fraser / World Bank

Cyber Security Awareness Programme is needed for Below Proverty Level People , specially in African and Asian Poor People as they are Socially Vulnerable

Dr Joydeep Ghosh

I think Green Technology is better for Greener Environment but COVID19 and Ukrain-Russia War is the main hindrance , we are working on it , So Oil and Natural Gas Price are raising higher and higher . Please have a check in this issue.

Dr Joydeep Ghosh

This event is a MUST for all interested in public policy, good governance and PFM. I will be there.

Srinivas Gurazada

Q&A The WB need to change their strategy of engagement and reaching out to ordinary NGOs and CSO in the future government engagement strategy because of corruption

Janet Adeyemi

Answer from Samuel: The World Bank Group leverages innovative technologies to strengthen public sector performance and productivity, confront corruption and to help foster greater trust and accountability, particularly in more fragile environments. The Bank Group works at the country, regional, and global levels to help build capable, transparent, and accountable institutions and design and implement anticorruption programs relying on the latest discourse and innovations. The World Bank Group’s work revolves around sustainability and changing outcomes by helping both state and non-state actors establish the competencies needed to implement policies and practices that improve results and strengthen public integrity.

Q&A Rule of law or rules based order? Western world has larger role to play and they need to come forward

saurabh sharma

Answer by Samuel: The World Bank Group engages with all governments around the World to accomplish its twin goals of shared prosperity and ending extreme poverty.

Governments must promote the development of the capacities of their individuals so that they can contribute effectively and efficiently to achieve the growth and maintenance of the economy. However, for this to happen, let us remember that as human beings, the satisfaction of their basic needs must be managed, especially comprehensive health (physical and mental) in addition to food. Additional priority to this, education.

Ana Marisol Coba

This discussion on #FutureofGovernment is very important in thinking through future of Government of Financial Management System. We invite all to the Global Webinar on ‘Crisis Budgeting: PFM during difficult times and Beyond” launching 2022 Global Report on PFM. It is on 29 June open to all. Details are here

Gurazada Srinivas

The moderator is Paul Blake. We’re joined by Laura Chinchilla, Peck Kem Low, and George Werner, along with Ed Olowo-Okere, Donna Andrews and Tim Williamson, who lead the Future of Government initiative, including the preparation of today’s report.

Alasdair Fraser / World Bank

We had the International Yoga Day last week. More focus on happiness, mindfulness and looking inwards are being talked about. What could be the role of governments in future in citizen happiness in terms of inner peace and calm?


The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world that we need to reimagine our education delivery frameworks and systems if we are to benefit everyone.

Abu Bakarr Kabia

Check out a new blog posted today on The Future of Government; Basic Education and the (limited) role of technology in complex human endeavor - by Lant Pritchett from Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government.

Alasdair Fraser / World Bank

Q&A: I am a student in public policy and administration. How can I use the data and am autorized to include it in my public research?


Answer by Alasdair: Thanks for your question. All the data used in the report is available publicly, and we’re developing the website to make further analysis available. If there are specific datasets you have in mind, we’re happy to assist with links to them. Please get in touch on .

And here's a link to the report -

Alasdair Fraser / World Bank

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Alasdair Fraser / World Bank

African countries have challenges in that basic needs are not being met and this prevents them from engaging with the governments in policy making. governments need to do more in these areas. Nigeria ?? is a typical example.

Oluneye Oluwolea

What can governments do to bring in climate appropriate policies, how can they convince the citizens to adopt the new norms even at the expense of changing their consumption habits?

Sandeep Dash

With a rising inflation across the globe, and a stagnation of the economic incomes people have, how can development be ensured in a future government which, as you affirm is supposed to be people and institution centered? How governments can improve the huge inequality gaps and social discontent people have been experiencing after COVID 19 crisis?

Laura Daniela Falla

What about countries like Bhutan with a Monarchy system considering that the King had great inclusive visions for his people but the government fails to implement them due to underlying factors such as a strong presence of Nepotism and strong cultural and religious values used as tools of controlling the citizens perspective of the government?

Lekzin Tobgyel

Community Mee3ng, Bangladesh Photo: Dominic Chavez / World Bank

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