Francesca Recanatini has worked on institution building and corruption since the beginning of her career at the Center of Institutional Reforms and Informal Sector (IRIS). Throughout her career, she has focused on integrating issues of governance, corruption and institution building in development. She joined the World Bank in 1998 and has worked in several countries in Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Middle East to support the design and implementation of governance reforms through in-depth data collection and coalition building. Currently she is working on
institution building, corruption and governance indicators in High-income and Fragile countries in the Middle East.
She has published several papers on indicators, corruption and governance, contributing recently to Anticorruption Policy: Can International Actors Play a Role? edited by Susan Rose-Ackerman and Paul Carrington (September 2013); to the Global Handbook on Research and Practice in Corruption, Adam Graycar, editor (January 2012); and to the International Handbook on the Economics of Corruption, Susan Rose-Akerman and Tina Soreide, eds. (December 2011). She is currently a Member of the EU Group of Experts on Corruption and holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park.