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 |

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 |

Indian Bengali tribal mother is feeding her baby on her lap in a rural background. Credit: Abir Bhattacharya/ Shutterstock [[tweetable]]Childhood stunting—or being too short for one’s age—is one…

Ashi Kathuria |

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 |

I just ended my first round of country visits as the World Bank’s Vice President for the South Asia Region.  Over and above all, [[tweetable]]I have been immensely impressed by the resilience,…

Hartwig Schafer |

A malnourished child will face poorer outcomes as an adult. In South Asia, where malnutrition persists in multiple forms, improving nutrition in the early stages of life is critical to a child…

Felipe F. Dizon |

Bhutan has made tremendous progress in reducing poverty. But it needs to do a better job at diversifying its economy by improving its physical and human capital by using resource rents from…

Yoichiro Ishihara |