In August 2019, Nigeria partially closed its land borders, and since October 2019, it has halted all trade via land borders. This was triggered by Nigerian authorities’ frustration with the…

Woubet Kassa, Albert Zeufack |

Earthquakes, landslides and heavy rainfall often cause long-term disruption of transport systems in South Asia, resulting in economic setbacks affecting internal trade and regional integration.…

Masatsugu Takamatsu, Julian Palma |

I was born and raised in Cote d’Ivoire, a majestic but vulnerable coastal country. I know all too well how coastal livelihoods and communities have been shattered by intense flooding, poorly built…

Simeon Ehui |

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 |

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 |

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 |

The World Bank, together with DFID Nepal, has launched a Train the Trainers (T-O-T) program. Last summer, 82 participants took a 40-hour face-to-face training—the first phase of the program—to…

Nkechi Coker, Liza Maharjan |

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 |