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

Trishna Thapa |

Pakistan's first-ever virtual job fair STEM Forward 2020 Job Fair helped Pakistani graduates and young professionals connect with energy sector employers, fine-tune resumes and prepare for…

Nameerah Hameed, Ramla Qureshi, Tehreem Saifey Ford, Gunjan Gautam |

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 |

The social and economic footprint of the COVID-19 pandemic has put enormous pressure on decision-makers to respond quickly and efficiently. We highlight three specific examples that can help…

Emcet O. Tas, Najaf Zahra |

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 |

Karachi is at a crossroads. Will flooded businesses and interrupted connectivity become the new normal and hamper it’s economic success?

Henrike Brecht, Ahsan Tehsin |

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 |

How has the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing school closures impacted Pakistan? We are tracking the learning loss that has accumulated in the country and how the crisis affects schools and…

Koen Geven, Amer Hasan, Cristian Aedo |

The World Bank's recently-updated approach to help South Asian nations work together to cope with COVID-19 and unlock new opportunities for growth focuses on resilience, economic connectivity…

Hartwig Schafer, Cecile Fruman |

To enhance its resilience to natural disasters and sustain inclusive growth, Pakistan will need to assess seismic vulnerabilities, identify high-risk structures, and implement comprehensive…

Ella Kim, Bilal Khalid, Elif Ayhan, Ahsan Tehsin |