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Governance matters from 1996 to 2006: World Bank Report

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The report, Governance Matters, 2007: Worldwide Governance Indicators 1996-2006 (of the World Bank) recently launched, shows that a number of countries-including in Africa-are making progress in improving governance and fighting corruption.

The Report shows that good governance and corruption control are fundamental for long-term growth and reducing poverty. This year's report represents a decade-long effort by the researchers to build and update the most comprehensive cross-country set of governance indicators currently available to the public. The aggregate indicators as well as data from the underlying sources are available at a newly-redesigned website at www.govindicators.org. The indicators cover 212 countries and territories, drawing on 33 different data sources to capture the views of tens of thousands of survey respondents worldwide, as well as thousands of experts in the private, NGO, and public sectors.

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