E-commerce can become a driver of growth across South Asia and boost trade between the region’s countries, but its potential remains largely untapped.

Viviana Perego, Sanjay Kathuria, Arti Grover, Aaditya Mattoo, Pritam Banerjee |

Intraregional trade in South Asia could be worth $67 billion rather than $23 billion. This gap between potential and actual trade leads to a signficiant loss to consumers, firms and exporters, in…

Sanjay Kathuria, Nadeem Rizwan |

Donors are currently considering future aid commitments as pledges made at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan in 2016 due to expire at the end of 2020.

Henry G. Kerali |

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 |

As part of the Sustainability Development Strategy: Egypt 2030, the country committed to halving its fine particulate matter (PM10) air pollution by 2030.

Martin Heger, Craig M. Meisner |

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 |

It is undeniable that progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty over the last quarter century—from 36 percent of the world population in 1990 to an estimated 8.6 percent in 2018—and that…

Philippe H. Le Houérou, Antoinette Sayeh |

The country’s ongoing conflict continues to foster uncertainty among youth, leaving no clear pathway for personal and professional development.

World Bank Afghanistan |

Shakiba Delawari is a senior student at Kabul University’s clinical psychology and counseling department. As a female university student, she is in minority as most girls in Afghanistan marry…

Harsha Aturupane |

Central Asia’s future as a supplier of agri-products and livestock will depend on how food producers and processors in the region respond to the increased quality and safety demands of consumers,…

Lilia Burunciuc |