Slum-dwellers in the city of Chattogram, Bangladesh, no longer have to queue up to collect water and spend $2.36 for 1,000 liters. Ever since some 40 water taps were installed in a single slum,…

Arif Ahamed |

New World Bank study show how coastal communities in Bangladesh, and who are vulnerable to climate change threats, are still financially interdependent after migration in spite of income and size…

Susmita Dasgupta, David Wheeler, Mainul Huq, Utpal Roy |

Talangama, like other wetlands around Colombo city, is threatened by the pressures of urbanization. But the community have taken it upon themselves to safeguard the lake and its surroundings.

Nadeera Rajapakse |

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 |

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 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 |

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 |