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 |

Kamala is one of 149 women mobile masons hired by the National Reconstruction Authority in 14 districts in Nepal most affected by the earthquake for providing socio-technical assistance under the…

Sulochana Nepali |

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 |

In Nepal, COVID-19 has intensified the risk of gender-based violence (GBV) for women and girls. Despite limited resources, Nepal's gender-based violence service providers have stepped up to…

Jaya Sharma, Deepa Rai, Sachi Mulmi |

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 Emergency Multi-Sector Rohingya Crisis Response Project is supporting the Bangladesh government to scale up access to essential services such as energy, water, sanitation, and disaster-…

Swarna Kazi, Ignacio Urrutia |

Delhi and the surrounding National Capital Region (NCR) are often the focus of media reports on air quality, but poor air quality is a concern across the country, as noted in a recent World Bank…

John Roome |

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 |