It is undeniable that progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty over the last quarter century—from 36 percent of the world population in 1990 to an estimated 8.6 percent in 2018—and that…

Philippe H. Le Houérou, Antoinette Sayeh |

This Bangladeshi woman was born in poverty. With the right kind of education, life in poverty quickly became a story from the past for her. Credit: World Bank "I have a four-year-old son back…

Hartwig Schafer |

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 |

South Asia is booming. In 2018, GDP growth for the region as a whole is expected to accelerate to 6.9 percent, making it the fastest growing region in the world. However, fast GDP growth has not…

Martin Rama, Ana Revenga |

Chronic malnutrition remains prevalent across South Asia as many poor South Asians cannot afford nutritious foods or don’t have the relevant information or education to make smart dietary choices…

Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough, Dhushyanth Raju |

Also available in: 中文 ​While the need for housing is widespread, individually people have different needs—depending on whether they are single, married, senior citizens, families with children, or…

Luis Triveno, Ellen Hamilton |

The benefits of public spaces in the poorest parts of the world Source: World Bank Staff We often think of amenities such as quality streets, squares, waterfronts, public buildings, and other well…

Sangmoo Kim |

También disponible en español, portuguese, francésOver the past two decades the region has significantly raised the level of the conversation and awareness around the issue, developing national…

Keith Hansen, Carmen Carpio |

Disponible également en français et espagnol “Should only men be allowed to be builders, heavy machinery drivers, or electricians? No—I want to be able to do these jobs too.” The young woman…

Olivier Puech, Aude-Sophie Rodella |