In Bangladesh, unemployment stems more from lack of the right skills rather than scarcity of jobs. Soft skills can help create an adaptive nature and a lifelong learning culture, allowing young…

Mustahsin-ul-Aziz |

Protecting ASEAN’s impressive gains over the past two decades will require prioritizing investments in people – that is, human capital.

Victoria Kwakwa |

East Asia Pacific’s (EAP) strong economic performance over the past few decades has significantly benefited and empowered women in the region, bringing better health and education and greater…

Victoria Kwakwa |

Although Bangladesh has achieved much in the way of poverty reduction and human development, progress has been slower in some urban areas. Issues such as slow-down of quality job growth, low…

Wameq Azfar Raza |

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 |

South Asia is booming. In 2018, GDP growth for the region as a whole is expected to accelerate to 6.9 percent, making it the fastest growing region in the world. However, fast GDP growth has not…

Martin Rama, Ana Revenga |

Chronic malnutrition remains prevalent across South Asia as many poor South Asians cannot afford nutritious foods or don’t have the relevant information or education to make smart dietary choices…

Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough, Dhushyanth Raju |

  What does empowerment really mean? The Northern Area Reduction Initiative (NARI) project has forced me to ask this question several times. And the answers are apparently not as neat and foldable…

Sabah Moyeen |