"When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be."
Lord Kelvin

Second-generation indicators of high-level corruption using public procurement data


Brown Bag presentation given at the World Bank, Washington D.C., 4th of June 2014



As part of the one week visit of CRCB to the World Bank (Operations Risk, Public Sector Governance and Integrity and Controllers), Mihály Fazekas and István János Tóth gave brown bag lunch presentation. It introduced the CRCB approach to measuring corruption and collusion risks in public procurement across the globe. After demonstrating the feasibility and validity of new ‘objecitve’ indicators using Central and Eastern European data, the presenters discussed the applicability of such an approach to World Bank financed projects globally.

Benefiting from a lively discussion of practitioners and researchers, the authors are convinced that there is sufficient data for implementing a risk-based measurement approach in the World Bank potentially lowering the cost of procuring across World Bank operations.


Further details on the CRCB visit to the World Bank