Around 1 billion people worldwide are estimated to live with some form of disability, and for 185 million of those, they are severe enough that they have serious difficulty functioning. As the…

Maninder Gill |

"Disability is no barrier. Landmine victims play volleyball." Photo: AusAID I am often asked how “we” – development professionals and practitioners at large - can make a difference to…

Maitreyi Bordia Das |

Dr. Denis Medvedev, the World Bank Group’s Senior Country Economist, spoke at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta on the Next Wave of Economic Reforms in India on 20th November, this year…

Varun Sridharan |

For the first time in history, all South Asian leaders were invited to the newly elected Indian Prime Minister’s oath-taking ceremony,  May 2014. President Mahinda Rajapaksa/Flickr.   I’m on my…

Sanjay Kathuria, Delilah Liu |

“I lost my home and everything in it when the heavens fell on us in June last year, ” said Usha Devi.  She was one of 3, 000 or so people living in the high valleys of Kedarnath in Uttarakhand…

Deepak Malik |

The United Nations has declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in recognition of the contributions this group of countries has made to the world, and to…

Ivan Rossignol |

Sewing Floor, Armana Apparels, Dhaka. Photo: Shobha Shetty Contradictory trends in female labor force participation in South Asia continue to pose a puzzle for policymakers. On the one hand,…

Shobha Shetty |

Female farmers in Tamil Nadu after attending a farmer training session in the village. In India, the state of Tamil Nadu has about 4% of the geographical area of the country, 7% of the population…

Ranu Sinha |

The 10th South Asian Economics Students Meet (SAESM) was held in Lahore, Pakistan, bringing together 82 top economics undergraduate students from the region. The theme was the Political Economy of…

Rumela Ghosh |