On Wednesday 15th February at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Edouard al-Dahdah, senior public sector specialist at the World Bank presented the 2017 World Development Report on Governance and the Law, accompanied by reflections by Mrs. Engelshoven (vice mayor, The Hague), Mr. Heemskerk (Netherlands Executive Director of the Board of the World Bank Group) and Mr Rebergen (Director General International Cooperation).
The report was warmly received, with some hailing it as a game-changing document. It certainly reads differently from what one might expect of a World Bank resource. Not only does it assess the economic drivers and consequences of poor governance and shaky rule of law, it also forays into the realm of political decision-making, analyzing why some policies and laws are effective and others fail.
This summary report synthesizes the main points of discussion from the break out sessions after the launch of the report.