The converging technology revolution has the potential to build and protect human capital through improved service delivery; create jobs and innovation; and empower human capital through inclusion...

Lynne Sherburne-Benz, Sajitha Bashir, Klaus Tilmes, Naoto Kanehira |

Remittance flows are a major source of income for all countries in South Asia, larger than all other capital inflows combined.

Valerie Mercer-Blackman, Yi (Claire) Li |

Eastern Waterways Grid has the potential to rejuvenate the economies of the eastern subcontinent, generating rich dividends for the South Asia region’s 600 million people.

Natalya Stankevich, Erik Nora, Arnab Bandyopadhyay. |

South Asia has been hit hard by the COVID19 pandemic. Countries need to prepare for future shock and re-envision the delivery of essential services such as health, education, and social protection...

Hartwig Schafer |

The Himalayan region—spread across six countries covering an area of 595,000 square kilometers, which is almost the size of Ukraine—is unquestionably a tourist and mountaineering haven. Tourism...

Rahat Jabeen, Pyush Dogra, Drona Ghimire, Naysa Ahuja, Perinaz Bhada-Tata |

The pandemic did a lot of damage to Nepal’s tourism industry. It will take years to fully recover, but it looks like the industry took a good lesson out of it.

Rameshore Khanal |

Nepal’s government made a progressive change to its forest policy and transferred user rights for a large part of its forests to local communities. Today, 34% of Nepal’s forests are managed by...

Andrea Kutter, Andrew Mitchell |

A World Bank report provides new evidence of how black carbon compounds the effects of climate change to accelerate the melting of the glaciers of the Himalayas.

Muthukumara Mani |

The region is the world’s second largest contributor of solid waste —334 million tons annually-- and is also on track to be the fastest growing contributor to plastic pollution over the next two...

Hartwig Schafer, Cecile Fruman |

Good Neighbours series spotlights successful examples of regional cooperation in South Asia and demonstrates how people-to-people activities advance regionalism. Research guides this World Bank’s...

Mandakini Kaul, Nikita Singla |