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The World Bank's Worldwide Governance Indicators research project, covers 212 countries and territories and measures six dimensions of governance between 1996 and 2008: Voice and Accountability, Political Stability and Absence of Violence/Terrorism, Government Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law, and Control of Corruption.

Abstract: This paper reports on the 2009 update of the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) research project, covering 212 countries and territories and measuring six dimensions of governance between 1996 and 2008: Voice and Accountability, Political Stability and Absence of Violence/Terrorism, Government Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law, and Control of Corruption. These aggregate indicators are based on hundreds of specific and disaggregated individual variables measuring various dimensions of governance, taken from 35 data sources provided by 33 different organizations. The data reflect the views on governance of public sector, private sector and NGO experts, as well as thousands of citizen and firm survey respondents worldwide. We also explicitly report the margins of error accompanying each country estimate. These reflect the inherent difficulties in measuring governance using any kind of data. We find that even after taking margins of error into account, the WGI permit meaningful cross-country comparisons as well as monitoring progress over time. The aggregate indicators, together with the disaggregated underlying indicators, are available at

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Aart Kraay and Massimo Mastruzzi, The World Bank


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Pambazuka News (English edition): US APOLOGY OVER SLAVERY: WHY NOW?, and other matters...

CONTENTS: 1. Features, 2. Comment & analysis, 3. Highlights French  edition, 4. Advocacy & campaigns, 5. Letters & Opinions, 6.  Obituaries, 7. Books & arts, 8. African Writers? Corner, 9. Blogging  Africa, 10. China-Africa Watch

Highlights from this issue

- Horace Campbell on the US Senate's slavery apology
- William Gumede calls from leadership from President Zuma
- The late Haroub Othman on Nyerere's stage fright
- Selam Kidane discusses the tragedy of Eritrea under Isaias Afewerki
- Zaya Yeebo calls for new inspiration from Kenya's civil society
- Khadija Sharife on France's support for African dictators
- Chambi Chachage asks when 'settlers' and 'natives' become 'citizens'
- Kola Ibrahim & Ayo Ademiluyi on campus cults and mass-based student unionism
- Keith Jennings on entrenched racial discrimination within the US  judiciary
- Korir SingOei assesses the African Group
- Louise Edwards says Kenya's government must facilitate police reform
- Antony Otieno Ong?ayo on the severity of Kenya's problems

- Vincent Nuwagaba on the need for an 8th Pan African Congress
- Chambi Chachage on his love?hate attitude to the US

- Olivier De Schutter's Rinvestir dans les agricultures africaines pour satisfaire le droit ? l?alimentation

- Amnesty International defends Burundian refugees in Tanzania
- Urgent Action Fund-Africa lobby for services for women and children  
in Mt Elgon
- Human Rights Watch call for prosecutions against perpetrators of  torture
- The International Trade Union Confederation's background document for the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and  its Impact on Development
- The International Trade Union Confederation offers its  recommendations for the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development

- Makerere University's Department of Women and Gender Studies say  male African leaders will take some convincing about women's empowerment
- Ngenda Joas, a Burundian resident Mtabila camp in Tanzania, calls for Pambazuka readers' support

- P. Anyang? Nyong?o salutes Professor Haroub Othman following his death this week
- A collections of memories of Haroub Othman
- Don Deya pays tribute to Haroub Othman

- David Sogge reviews 'The Politics of Aid'

- 10th Caine Prize winner to be announced on Monday 6 July
- Mildred Kiconco Barya interviews Mary Watson
- Bev Reeler's poem 'What about the children?'

- Sokari Ekine surveys what African bloggers have been saying about  Michael Jackson

- Adams Bodomo looks at China?Africa relations and soft power
- Ron Sandrey and Hannah Edinger discuss the China?Africa trading