It is undeniable that progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty over the last quarter century—from 36 percent of the world population in 1990 to an estimated 8.6 percent in 2018—and that…

Philippe H. Le Houérou, Antoinette Sayeh |

International Poverty Day, which falls today, is yet another call to action to eradicate poverty across the world and help Firoza and millions of others live a better life.

Henry G. Kerali |

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 |

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 |

Afghanistan: Learning from a decade of progress and loss [[tweetable]]In Afghanistan, the past decade saw remarkable progress, as well as reversals and lost opportunities[[/tweetable]]. The…

Shubham Chaudhuri |

Afghan returnee families are arriving at a UNHCR registration office in Kabul. Photo Credit: Rumi Consultancy/ World Bank [[tweetable]]Afghans represent the world’s largest protracted refugee…

Christina Wieser, Thea Yde-Jensen, Xiayun Tan |

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 |