Nearly  50 million Pakistanis still lack access to grid electricity. Power distortions cost Pakistan’s economy much more than previously estimated: $18 billion in fiscal year 2015—that is 6.5…

Fan Zhang |

  Rikweda, an Afghan fruit processing company in the Kabul Province is well on its way to restoring Afghanistan as a raisin exporting powerhouse—a status the country held until the 1970s when it…

Hartwig Schafer |

Almost daily, headlines in the world’s leading newspapers are full of examples of public sector failures: public money is mismanaged or outright misused; civil servants are not motivated or are…

Jana Kunicova |

A little girl in Balochistan, Pakistan, who now receives a quality education thanks to World Bank support. Credit: World Bank  [[tweetable]]Human capital – the potential of individuals – is going…

Hartwig Schafer |

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I get stirred up by all types of governance data, so in honor of the International Day for Universal Access to Information, I though I’d highlight a few efforts to measure…

Jim Anderson |

“Woman face harassment in all type of jobs, no matter where or who. One can’t say that she works in a big firm so she is safe… [but] she doesn’t know who will believe her if she reports harassment…

Saman Amir, Rohini P. Pande |

Home to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, South Asia is one of the world’s most dynamic regions. It's also one of the least integrated. A few…

World Bank South Asia |

Transport corridors offer enormous potential to boost South Asia’s economies, reduce poverty, and spur more and better jobs for local people, provided the new trade routes generate growth for all…

Martin Melecky |

Photo: World Bank Why digitize public procurement? Many countries have an opportunity to digitally transform public procurement systems to achieve enhanced efficiency, accountability, transparency…

Yolanda Tayler, Nataliya Langburd Wright |

Our recent research suggests that attitudes related to women’s roles at home and in the public space are in flux and moving towards greater gender equality, at least in aspirations. In recent…

Saman Amir, Ahmad Shah Durrani |