Public spending in Afghanistan is equal to more than half of the economy’s output. Government and international partners spend around $11 billion, in an economy that produces around $19 billion of…

Tobias Haque |

A beneficiary at the Arazi (Land Records Authority) center. Photo: World BankThis blog is part of a series that discusses findings from the [email protected]: Shaping the Future report, which…

Raymond Muhula |

A Bangladeshi woman participates in a local community council meeting. Credit: World Bank  Sitting cross-legged under a mango tree’s shade in the middle of a village in Rajshahi district,…

Andy Kotikula, Jennifer Solotaroff |

Seismic station in Thimpu. Photo: Royal Government of Bhutan Bhutan is highly vulnerable to earthquakes, thanks to its location in the seismically active Himalayas. However, past seismic events…

Dechen Tshering, Peeyush Sekhsaria |

Photo: World Bank This blog is part of a series that discusses findings from the [email protected]: Shaping the Future report, which identifies the changes necessary for Pakistan to become a strong…

Silvia Redaelli |

South Asian countries’ exports are only one-third of what they should be, had they mirrored the experience of economies with similar characteristics. Without further integration into global…

Hans Timmer |

Pakistani women in Lahore, Pakistan. Photo: A M Syed, Shutterstock  This blog is part of a series examining women’s economic empowerment in South Asia. In patriarchal societies—as in most of…

Saman Amir, Ahmad Shah Durrani |

Pakistani girls attending a primary school. Photo: World BankThis blog is part of a series that discusses findings from the [email protected]: Shaping the Future report, which identifies the changes…

Illango Patchamuthu |