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 |

The outsized risk of harassment that women face daily, in turn, affects their decisions whether to take a bus or even whether to get a job.

Andy Kotikula, Diana J. Arango |

Los resultados de PISA 2018 destacan la crisis de aprendizajes que vive América Latina y sugieren que mejorar los aprendizajes con un ángulo de equidad siguen siendo los desafíos más grandes que…

Emanuela Di Gropello, Maria Jose Vargas, Monica Yanez-Pagans |

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 |

In South Asia, higher exports can translate into benefits for workers such as rising wages and a shift to formal employment. But these gains benefit some groups more than others, notably male,…

Gladys Lopez-Acevedo, Diego Cardozo Medeiros, Deeksha Kokas |

Worldwide, the percentage of stocks fished at biologically unsustainable levels tripled - from 10 percent in 1974 to 33.1 percent in 2015. Nearly 60% are fished at the maximum sustainable level.…

Amanda Jerneck, Simeao Lopes |

Ranking third globally, South Asia generates a staggering 334 million metric tons of solid waste every year, and most of it is plastic that ends up in the ocean. But the region is also at the…

Hartwig Schafer |

While disasters such as earthquakes or floods affect everyone, their impacts are unevenly felt by different population groups.

Keiko Sakoda, Bandita Sijapati |

In less than 6 weeks between March and April 2019, Mozambique was affected by two major cyclones which caused extraordinary levels of impact in the poorest provinces of the country.

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Michel Matera |

This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank initiative to better understand the world's public officials and explores a range of approaches to…

Daniel Rogger |