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 |

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 |

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 |

South Asia is set to remain relatively insulated from some of the rising uncertainties that are looming large on the global economic horizon. The region will retain its top spot as the world’s…

Hartwig Schafer |

Accelerating the reform momentum after the 2018 elections is key to consolidating and furthering Bhutan’s development. Credit: World Bank [[tweetable]]Bhutan is one of the smallest, but fastest-…

Tenzin Lhaden |

  Rikweda, an Afghan fruit processing company in the Kabul Province is well on its way to restoring Afghanistan as a raisin exporting powerhouse—a status the country held until the 1970s when it…

Hartwig Schafer |

New technologies offer an opportunity to strengthen economic measurement. Evening luminosity observed from satellites has been shown to be a good proxy for economic activity. Economic growth is a…

Martin Rama, Robert C M Beyer |

The Multi-Donor fund for Bhutan's Public Financial Management was launched September 21st in Thimphu Several years ago, a newspaper cartoon in a neighboring country caught everyone’s…

Savinay Grover |