Donors are currently considering future aid commitments as pledges made at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan in 2016 due to expire at the end of 2020.

Henry G. Kerali |

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 |

In Afghanistan, a World Bank program aimed at lifting rural households out of extreme poverty has generated remarkable results.

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu |

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 |

Models walk the runway during regional conclave in New Delhi, India. Photo: World Bank For centuries, women in the harsh deserts of Rajasthan, India, embroidered richly-colored mirror-work…

Divya Gupta, Vinita Ranade |

Pakistan is not investing enough and its share of investment to GDP is one of the lowest in the world at 15 percent almost half of the South Asian average at 30 percent. This translates into…

Muhammad Waheed, Adnan Ashraf Ghumman |

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 |

Recently on mission in Pakistan to unveil a new tool to help the Punjab government better manage its public debt, the blog author, Andrew Lee, interacted and shared a few selfies with youth in the…

Andrew Lee, Cigdem Aslan |