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 |

With support from the Government of Japan and the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction, the World Bank and its partners have trained more than 80 Afghan engineers and policymakers in…

Julian Palma, Ditte Fallesen |

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 |

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 |

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 |

  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 |

In many developing countries, governments and health authorities face the dilemma of how to feed their growing population while ensuring their food is nutritious. Credit: World Bank Together with…

Felipe F. Dizon, Anna Leigh Josephson |

This Bangladeshi woman was born in poverty. With the right kind of education, life in poverty quickly became a story from the past for her. Credit: World Bank "I have a four-year-old son back…

Hartwig Schafer |

Home to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, South Asia is one of the world’s most dynamic regions. It's also one of the least integrated. A few…

World Bank South Asia |