Setting standards for communication and governance : the example of infrastructure projects / Larry J.M. Hass, Leonardo Mazzei, Donal O'Leary.

Haas, Lawrence J. M. [Browse]
Washington, D.C. : World Bank, c2007.
xiii, 47 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.


Summary note
This paper outlines a number of practical initiatives to strengthen the role of development communication in infrastructure projects. The authors aim to facilitate better quality projects and to build consensus on the type of governance reforms needed to fight corruption, drawing on the experience of development agencies like the World Bank and Transparency International, the leading anticorruption NGO. The paper starts by characterizing corruption vulnerabilities in infrastructure and proceeds to illustrate where communication has added value on a number of recent projects, both in respect to making the projects more sustainable and by incorporating anti-corruption measures into the project preparation and implementation phases. It draws on examples of mainly World Bank supported projects from the road, transport, power and water sectors in different governance contexts. Part of the intellectual challenge in mainstreaming development communication in the case of infrastructure is to bridge the infrastructure and communication paradigms. Finally, the paper suggests that today, from the perspective of the infrastructure practitioner and the development practitioner in general, development communication is at the same crossroads as environmentally sustainable development was in the early 1990's-but in a new context and perhaps with more urgent drivers for mainstreaming.
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  • Abstract
  • Governance and Infrastructure Context
  • The Nature of Corruption Risks in Infrastructure Projects
  • Corruption Risk-The Supply and Demand Perspective
  • Corruption Vulnerability-The Project Cycle Perspective
  • Pervasive Effects of Corruption in Infrastructure
  • Tools and Remedies for Corruption
  • Emerging Good Practice
  • What Broader Observations May Be Drawn?
  • The Way Forward: Enhancing the Role of Communication to Foster Good Governance in Infrastructure Development
  • Building on Current Experience
  • Building on Current Experience and New Initiatives
  • New Initiatives on Setting Standards-Guidance and Pressures
  • "Appendix A A Growing Body of Evidence
  • Appendix B: Case Studies.
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  • 9780821371695
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