Hague Journal on the Rule of Law


Traction on the Ground: From Better Data to Better Policy1

Grace Morgan*

In 2010, the World Bank and the Department for International Development (DFID) funded and orchestrated an initiative to develop a tool to monitor corruption performance in Uganda on an ongoing basis. By basing operations in a local university-based research center and engaging the Inspectorate General of Government to manage the project, the tool is becoming the responsibility of national stakeholders, including the government. The local university research center is working with government to improve government collection of sectoral and functional anti-corruption data. In addition, evidence-based international corruption data has been incorporated into the public discussion on corruption. Donors continue to play an important role – funding the project launch, and providing ongoing guidance and support to engage executive agencies, Parliament, NGOs, and the media. The project has had some positive and unexpected results. While the project remains in early stages, there are signs that this gradual, data-driven approach is deepening the public dialogue on corruption and creating an important consensus for anti-corruption reform.


  • Rule of Law;
  • Indicators of justice;
  • Access to justice;
  • Governance;
  • Social science indicators;
  • Institutional indicators;
  • Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law;
  • HiiL;
  • The World Justice Project (WJP)


1 The Annex to this paper is available on file from the author.

* Governance consultant, World Bank.