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 |

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 |

Open defecation is the practice of people defecating outside, such as in street gutters, behind bushes or into open bodies of water. Between 2000 and 2017, the world nearly...

Haruna Kashiwase |

In the past decade, the GCC countries have made a number of steps towards improving women’s access to education, health care, and employment, as well as encouraging women to participate in…

Issam Abousleiman |

The experience of Bangladesh is a microcosm of the larger trend in global extreme poverty. Several countries at various levels of development have shown in the last few decades that it is possible…

Carolina Sánchez-Páramo |

I witnessed how in a melding of the old and new, the World Bank is working with the Indonesian government to deliver better basic services through the convergence of three elements: the tradition…

Benoît Bosquet |

Indonesia has emerged as a force to be reckoned with, growing to be the fourth most populous country in the world and more than halving poverty from the turn of the century until today. However,…

Juul Pinxten, Steisianasari Mileiva |

In Indonesia, the current state of human capital—the knowledge, skills, and health that people accumulate throughout their lives—does indeed demand significant attention. Indonesia’s score on the…

Camilla Holmemo |

Around 40 percent of the world’s stunted children live in South Asia, yet public policy and financing to address it has been insufficient. SAFANSI held a knowledge-sharing event on stunting where…

Hera Diani |