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 |

Bhutan as South Asia’s most rapidly urbanizing country- with a growth rate of 5.7 percent per year. As of 2017, 37.9 percent of Bhutan’s total population lived in urban areas.

David Mason |

A fully functioning network will allow a ship to pick up freight in Assam and sail south on the Brahmaputra River into Bangladesh. From there, a ship can continue south to an ocean port in…

Bob Saum, Junaid Kamal Ahmad |

Women knit handicrafts for export at Everest Fashion Fair Craft in Lalitpur, Nepal. Photo: Peter Kapuscinski / World Bank The South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) agreement has been in effect since…

Sanjay Kathuria, Nadeem Rizwan |

Machine learning methods are increasingly applied in the development policy arena. Among many recent policy applications, machine learning has been used to predict poverty, soil properties, and…

Daniel Mahler, Paolo Brunori, Paul Hufe |

Tara Nidhi, farmer and beneficiary of the Remote Rural Communities Development Project (RRCDP) in Bhutan. Photo Credit: Izabela Leao/World Bank [[tweetable]]“I never thought I would see a road…

Izabela Leao |

Based in eastern Bhutan, Mountain Hazelnuts has developed innovative uses of ICT for its commercial agriculture operations. Photo Credit: Bryan Watts/World Bank Bhutan is a challenging environment…

Yoichiro Ishihara |

Equality of opportunity is a popular policy objective around the world. It is deeply embodied in the American Dream and has resonated with politicians ranging from Margaret Thatcher to Nelson…

Daniel Mahler |