Holidays for me have always been about family and food. A time to relax, catch-up with loved ones and eat good food.  When it’s our turn to cook, my husband and I take time to plan the menu. A…

Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough |

October 17, 2017 – Today marks the 25th anniversary of the United National declaration of the International Day to End Extreme Poverty. Compared to many other countries in the world, Sri Lanka has…

Mariam Yousef, Roli Mahajan |

The Colombo Stock Exchange. Credit: Joe Qian/World Bank Many Sri Lankans understand the potential benefits of lowering trade costs and making their country more competitive in the global economy.…

Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough |

Young Economists sharing the stage with Sanjay Kathuria, Lead Economist and Coordinator, Regional Integration (Left to Right: Aamir Khan/ Pakistan, Sreerupa Sengupta/ India, Sanjay Kathuria/ World…

Nikita Singla, Marcio Augusto De La Cruz |

Abandoned fishing boats lay on the banks of the dried Siyambalankkatuwa reservoir in Sri Lanka's Puttalam District, Aug. 10, 2017. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Amantha Perera This year, yet…

Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough |

  New Zealand Map.  Photo Credit: Academia maps GeoAtlas When people think about New Zealand’s most famous son, Sir Edmund Hillary, they mostly think about the quiet Auckland bee-keeper who…

Annette Dixon |

A group of women in a Sri Lanka Estate. Credit: Joe Qian / World Bank Happy New Year to all our Sri Lankan friends and colleagues celebrating the Sinhala and Tamil New Year this month; and Happy…

Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough |

Former refugee Jeyaranjini discusses community initiatives with her local project officer in northern Sri Lanka. Photo Credit: Joe Qian/World Bank Jeyaranjini lives near Kilinochchi in Northern…

Annette Dixon, Joe Qian |

With deep azure skies, bountiful sunshine, and a crisp but mild breeze today, spring is by far my favorite season in Washington. Today marks the 40th year since the advent of Earth Day, an…

Joe Qian |

28 year old mum Sewdini with Kuveneshi. The future is theirs. Photograph © Chulie de Silva They come carrying babies in arms, toddlers in bicycle baskets, the disabled in wheel chairs, the old and…

Chulie De Silva |