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 |

Ranking third globally, South Asia generates a staggering 334 million metric tons of solid waste every year, and most of it is plastic that ends up in the ocean. But the region is also at the…

Hartwig Schafer |

World Bank South Asia Region team provides a platform for conversations about regional connectivity and helps find common ground between country priorities and regional integration.

Mandakini Kaul |

South Asia is home to some of the world’s countries most vulnerable to climate change. In the past decade alone, nearly 700 million people—half of the region’s population—were affected by one or…

Ditte Fallesen, Haris Khan, Ahsan Tehsin, Atishay Abbhi |

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 Reexamining outdated policies and lifting institutional…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 |

A new report by the World Bank and the Policy Research Institute on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Bangladesh shows the knowledge gap in the sector and lack of a unified framework…

Mihasonirina Andrianaivo |

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 |

The death toll from Cyclone Idai that ripped into Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi in March 2019 is now above 1, 000, with damages estimated at $2 billion. In 2018, more than 10, 000 people lost…

Abhas Jha |

As the world rushes to reduce the negative impacts of climate change, ambitious sub-national actors are rising to the fore. The recent One Planet Summit exemplifies this trend. Earlier this month…

Prashant Kapoor, Marc Forni |