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 |

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 |

South Asian countries are making progress in clearing the way for women to get jobs and creating a safer work environment for them. Yet, too many women across South Asia are left out of the…

Hiska Reyes |

Residents discussing their community development projects in a Community Development Council meeting in Jalalabad city. Photo Credit: Rumi Consultancy/ World Bank The Citizens’ Charter Afghanistan…

Akram Sajid |

South Asia is set to remain relatively insulated from some of the rising uncertainties that are looming large on the global economic horizon. The region will retain its top spot as the world’s…

Hartwig Schafer |

View of Bamyan city, Bamyan Province. Photo Credit: Rumi Consultancy​/ World Bank When people think of Afghanistan, what comes to their minds are images of decades of war and insecurity. True,…

Mohammad Tahir Zuhair |

Photo Credit: Rumi Consultancy/ World Bank In 2001, only one million Afghan children attended school–none of them girls. [[tweetable]]Today, over 8.5 million students attend school–over 40% of…

Hartwig Schafer |

Doing Business Better in Afghanistan [[tweetable]]Despite a volatile business environment, Afghanistan has made gains to improve the ease of doing business in the country[[/tweetable]]. These…

Shubham Chaudhuri |

  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 |

Afghanistan: Learning from a decade of progress and loss [[tweetable]]In Afghanistan, the past decade saw remarkable progress, as well as reversals and lost opportunities[[/tweetable]]. The…

Shubham Chaudhuri |