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

Trishna Thapa |

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 |

For some women in Bhutan, COVID-19 has shown that their home is a dangerous place to be. The pandemic has exacerbated economic pressures and worsened tensions at home, often leading to increased…

Tenzin Lhaden |

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 |

Find out how in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, when Nepal and most of the world was in an extended lockdown, a group of young people used data to help their communities.

Liza Maharjan, Avinashi Paudel |

To ensure that the Sri Lanka Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project was inclusive, we listened to the voices of diverse women, especially those in areas where poverty rates are high and…

Aroha Bahuguna |

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

Jaya Sharma |