Economic activity in South Asia decelerated sharply in 2019 amid financial sector issues in India, monetary tightening in Pakistan, and global headwinds to regional exports. Five charts illustrate…

Temel Taskin |

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 |

Tonga has one of the highest rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the world. NCDs, such as cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, account for…

Sutayut Osornprasop, Jodie Brabin |

The case for investing in children and youth: Imagine you are a 19-year-old Bosnian student, excited to be looking for your first job. You have completed your studies from a technical high school…

James Gresham, Sharanya Ramesh Vasudevan |

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 |

Businesses having their claims heard by courts in Bosnia and Herzegovina seem to be facing this dilemma non-stop. Either go to court and, if you are lucky, receive an enforceable judgment within a…

Tatjana Sofijanic |

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 is urbanizing at an unprecedented speed and scale, with more than half the global population living in cities today… rising to nearly 7 out of 10 people in cities by 2050.

Sameh Wahba |