The World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, IDA has been a reliable partner in South Asia for more than six decades and contributed to a sharp decline in poverty in the region. Yet, for…

Hartwig Schafer |

In South Asia, higher exports can translate into benefits for workers such as rising wages and a shift to formal employment. But these gains benefit some groups more than others, notably male,…

Gladys Lopez-Acevedo, Diego Cardozo Medeiros, Deeksha Kokas |

Bangladesh has made it a priority to combat the scourge of stunting by focusing on improving access to quality nutrition and health services, adopting a series of multi-year strategies, programs…

Deepika Chaudhery |

A recent study examines regional and urban-rural patterns of undernutrition and overnutrition, dietary diversity, household food security, and the growth dynamics of adolescent girls aged 10 to 19…

Ziauddin Hyder |

Studies indicate that in India alone, only 30 percent of the IT workforce is female. Most women in IT start well, but their careers are disrupted five to 10 years in, thanks to marriage or…

Ramalatha Marimuthu |

In Bangladesh, unemployment stems more from lack of the right skills rather than scarcity of jobs. Soft skills can help create an adaptive nature and a lifelong learning culture, allowing young…

Mustahsin-ul-Aziz |

Barisal and its neighboring districts are highly prone to climate hazards, like extreme flooding and rising salinity in soil and water.
This causes waterlogging and disrupts traditional…

Nasirra Ahsan |

MSMEs are crucial to Bangladesh’s financial and economic development. Close to 99 percent of non-farm enterprises in the country are MSMEs. Reexamining outdated policies and lifting institutional…

Mihasonirina Andrianaivo, Aminata Ndiaye |