Sri Lanka is the South Asia region’s top performer in terms of human development outcomes. This is the result of the country’s commitment and long-track record of achievements in health and…

Chiyo Kanda |

Sri Lanka is pioneering an integrated land management approach to restore its natural resources and create new rural jobs in farming, forestry, nature-based tourism, and transport.

Andrew Zakharenka |

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 lack of affordable and reliable childcare options in Sri Lanka, especially for for daily wage earners, has brought the issue of childcare sharply into focus.

Renu Warnasuriya |

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 |

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 |

In Sri Lanka, as in other countries, the loss of jobs and incomes incurred by the pandemic has been severe. While workers in almost every sector have been affected, informal workers who make up…

Faris Hadad-Zervos |

Afghanistan is facing a rapid increase in poverty and hardship due to the impacts of the coronavirus. World Bank analysis suggests that Afghanistan's poverty rate may increase from 55 percent…

Hartwig Schafer |

Despite this commendable progress, and notwithstanding the Afghan government’s commitment to improving human capital in recent years, Afghanistan still has long ways to go to realize its full…

Henry G. Kerali |

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 |