Progress promoting peace and justice, together with effective, accountable and inclusive institutions, remains uneven across and within regions. Almost all agricultural products from the least developed countries 98 per cent were exempt from duties by developed countries, versus 74 per cent of products from developing countries.
The voices of developing countries still need to be strengthened in decisio n-making forums of international economic and financial institutions.
Progress with respect to the rule of law and access to justice is mixed. However, the percentage for developing regions has consistently been more than two times that of developed regions.
Opaque, burdensome and inefficient regulations and procedures nurture opportunities for corrupt officials to extract bribes or unofficial payments. Ina total of 39 per cent of all countries had in place an institution that was fully compliant with the internationally agreed standard, seven countries more than was the case in Comparable data on the experiences of men are only available for five countries, but values are lower than those reported among women in the same countries.
Between andin 60 out of 94 countries with data, the incomes of the poorest 40 per cent of the population grew faster than those of the entire population.
Nevertheless, budget reliability has improved over time, with about 8 in 10 countries in Southern Asia and Eastern Asia and the Pacific showing improvement.