How did Bangladesh achieve a successful demographic transition by decreasing the total fertility rate – and what important lessons can its experience hold for other countries?

Trina Haque, Rifat Hasan, Hellen Wagura |

These are some of the most pressing development priorities in South Asia and the topics for our most popular blogs in 2020.

Trishna Thapa |

The World Bank’s Sustainable Enterprise Project provides access to loans for microenterprises to adopt cleaner and greener methods of operation. In light of the pandemic, the project started to...

Zahir Uddin Ahmed |

While the poor have suffered severely during the crisis, many informal workers in the middle of the income distribution also experienced a large drop in earnings.

Maurizio Bussolo, Siddharth Sharma, Hans Timmer |

The Emergency Multi-Sector Rohingya Crisis Response Project is supporting the Bangladesh government to scale up access to essential services such as energy, water, sanitation, and disaster-...

Swarna Kazi, Ignacio Urrutia |

Whether it happens in public spaces or the workplace, sexual harassment is a form of gender-based violence, inflicting harm and stress on its victims and limiting their career or education...

Maria Beatriz Orlando, Rohini P. Pande, Uzma Quresh |

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on in South Asia, reversing years of hard-won development and economic gains, it is more necessary than ever to think consciously about the future of transport and...

Hartwig Schafer |

Animal disease control through vaccination is the most cost-effective way to reduce disease incidence and minimize economic losses. Bangladesh government efforts to step up animal vaccination is...

Marimuthu Swaminathan, Izabela Leao, Samina Yasmin |

Over the past decade, Bangladesh has improved its human capital. Child and maternal mortality reduced, the rate of stunting for children under 5 dropped from 43 percent in 2007 to 31 percent in...

Mercy Tembon |

The World Bank's recently-updated approach to help South Asian nations work together to cope with COVID-19 and unlock new opportunities for growth focuses on resilience, economic connectivity...

Hartwig Schafer, Cecile Fruman |