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Quality of Governance Assessment

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what quantitative measures are used in the Quality of Governance Assessment. (113498)

DFID will assess the quality of governance in partner countries through its Country Governance Analyses. These will refer to a balanced set of international and national qualitative and quantitative indicators, assessment and analytical reports that are in the public domain.

Where available, quantitative measures will include the World Bank Institute’s ‘Worldwide Governance Indicators’, the World Bank’s ‘International Development Association Resource Allocation Index’ (formerly ‘Country Policy and Institutional Assessment’), a selection of World Health Organisation and World Bank ‘World Development Indicators’ health, education and economic measures, Freedom House’s indicators on the media and civil and political rights, the Centre for International Development and Conflict Management’s ‘Polity IV’ index on regime and authority characteristics, the Inter-Parliamentary Union's index on women in national parliaments and Transparency International’s ‘Corruption Perception Index’.

These quantitative measures will be used alongside other relevant qualitative indicators, assessments and analytical reports to develop a shared understanding of the long-term trends in governance in our partner countries.