In many economies in Sub Saharan Africa, as well as some countries in South Asia, birth registration in rural areas is very low.

Florina Pirlea |

After teachers, principals are considered to be the most important school input to student learning. Photo: World Bank Addressing the global learning crisis requires improving the experience of…

Melissa Adelman, Rita Almeida, Juan Baron |

Pedestrians cross the road in front of motorcycles, cars, and buses at the crossroads in Kolkata, India. Photo: Radiokafka / Shutterstock This blog is part of a series that discusses a way forward…

Sanjay Kathuria |

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 |

The World Development Indicators (WDI) is the World Bank’s premier compilation of international statistics on global development. Drawing from officially recognized sources and including national…

World Bank Data Team |

[[tweetable]]In remote border regions in Bangladesh and India, a government-to-government initiative is changing cross border relations, shifting the focus from smuggling and skirmishes to mutual…

Nikita Singla, Sanjay Kathuria |

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 |