The coverage of health care in Afghanistan has improved with the number of health facilities increasing from 598 in 2004 to 2,684 in 2017, indicating that more than 87 percent of the population is…

Fraidoon Farzad |

Public spending in Afghanistan is equal to more than half of the economy’s output. Government and international partners spend around $11 billion, in an economy that produces around $19 billion of…

Tobias Haque |

In Afghanistan, a World Bank program aimed at lifting rural households out of extreme poverty has generated remarkable results.

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu |

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 |

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 |

Residents discussing their community development projects in a Community Development Council meeting in Jalalabad city. Photo Credit: Rumi Consultancy/ World Bank The Citizens’ Charter Afghanistan…

Akram Sajid |

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 |

View of Bamyan city, Bamyan Province. Photo Credit: Rumi Consultancy​/ World Bank When people think of Afghanistan, what comes to their minds are images of decades of war and insecurity. True,…

Mohammad Tahir Zuhair |

Photo Credit: Rumi Consultancy/ World Bank In 2001, only one million Afghan children attended school–none of them girls. [[tweetable]]Today, over 8.5 million students attend school–over 40% of…

Hartwig Schafer |