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

Trishna Thapa |

Pakistan's first-ever virtual job fair STEM Forward 2020 Job Fair helped Pakistani graduates and young professionals connect with energy sector employers, fine-tune resumes and prepare for...

Nameerah Hameed, Ramla Qureshi, Tehreem Saifey Ford, Gunjan Gautam |

Kamala is one of 149 women mobile masons hired by the National Reconstruction Authority in 14 districts in Nepal most affected by the earthquake for providing socio-technical assistance under the...

Sulochana Nepali |

Niranjala’s husband started physically abusing her soon after they got married. It got worse after their first child. When she was about to file for a divorce, the pandemic struck.

Faris Hadad-Zervos |

In Nepal, COVID-19 has intensified the risk of gender-based violence (GBV) for women and girls. Despite limited resources, Nepal's gender-based violence service providers have stepped up to...

Jaya Sharma, Deepa Rai, Sachi Mulmi |

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 |

The World Bank Group's 2020 Human Capital Index reminds us that much still needs to be to done to strengthen human development outcomes such as health and education.

Hartwig Schafer |

While staying home prevented them from contracting coronavirus, survivors of gender based violence (GBV) faced a different kind of ‘shadow pandemic’.

Jaya Sharma |

As it fights the coronavirus (COVID-19), Pakistan needs to develop economic and social policies that address the specific needs of women.

Uzma Quresh |

Can greater regional integration, knowledge exchange programs and cross-border trade, improve economic opportunity and livelihood for the poor, and empower women at the same time? With the right...

Nasirra Ahsan |