This book brings together learning modules on government performance accountability and combating corruption prepared for the World Bank Institute learning programs directed by the editor over the past three years. These learning modules and their publication in the current volume were primarily financed by the government of Sweden through its Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) partnership program, sponsored jointly with the World Bank Institute and directed by the editor. The government of Japan provided additional financial support for the editing of this volume. The editor is grateful to Hallgerd Dryssen of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) in Stockholm, for overall guidance and support of the PEFA program. In addition, Bengt Anderson, Goran Anderson, Gunilla Bruun, Alan Gustafsson, and other members of the external advisory group for PEFA contributed to the design and development of the program. Thanks are also due to Cecilia Nordin Van Gansberghe for her contributions as a SIDA secondee to the PEFA program at the World Bank Institute.
The book has benefited from contributions to World Bank Institute learning events by senior policy makers and scholars from Africa and elsewhere. In particular, thanks are due to Ismail Momoniat, deputy director-general (acting) of the National Treasury of South Africa; Neil Cole, National Treasury of South Africa; Paul Boothe, former associate deputy minister of the Ministry of Finance of Canada; Tania Ajam, director of AFReC (the Applied Fiscal Research Centre of South Africa); Christina Nomdoof IDASA (the Institute for Democracy in South Africa); Anders Haglund,