When President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani first took office in 2014, one of his top priorities was the overhaul of Afghanistan's public procurement to ensure public contracts be awarded and…

Ahmad Shah Naqshbandi |

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 |

Countries often face competing policy priorities for their limited resources. Achieving many of their goals is a tall order, especially when basic information on where the real problem lies is…

Arianna Legovini, Guadalupe Bedoya, Sveta Milusheva, Robert Marty, Amy Dolinger |

A World Bank grant has supported the Afghan government to help infected persons, at-risk populations, medical and emergency personnel, service providers, as well as medical and testing facilities…

Dr. Fraidoon Farzad, Dr. Ahmad Wali Rasekh |

According to the most recent household survey data, close to 15 million Afghans across 2 million households are particularly vulnerable to economic lockdown.

Cesar A. Cancho, Tejesh Pradhan |

As one of Afghanistan's major development partners, the World Bank remains committed to helping the country in the fight against COVID-19, and stand by the Afghan people, who remain resilient…

Henry G. Kerali |

South Asia’s tourism industry has lost more than 10 million jobs and $52 billion in GDP to COVID-19; rebuilding it after such a staggering blow won’t be easy.

Hartwig Schafer |

Latest Afghanistan Development Update surveys the economic impacts of the pandemic finds that Afghanistan’s economy is set to contract by at least 5.5 percent in 2020.

Tobias Haque |

As South Asian countries intensify the fight against COVID-19, it is imperative that social protection programs, including cash transfers, food vouchers, unemployment benefits, pensions, wage…

Lynne Sherburne-Benz, Stefano Paternostro, Zaineb Majoka |

COVID-19 has hit hard lives and economies across South Asia. The World Bank is responding rapidly, helping governments buy vital protective equipment and medical supplies, provide learning to…

Hartwig Schafer |