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

Trishna Thapa |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

The Bangladesh government and the World Bank are activating a $96 million emergency response to protect livelihoods of the most vulnerable families that operate in the livestock sector. The funds…

Christian Berger, Willem Janssen |

Paper-heavy trade processes are complex, frequently delay border clearance, provide opportunities for rent seeking, and act as a costly impediment to the private sector.

Erik Nora, Satya Prasad Sahu, Ivan Peterson |

At the start of this year, most universities in Bangladesh lacked basic learning management systems and digital infrastructure. Now the country has risen to the challenge making all teaching and…

Mokhlesur Rahman, Mustahsin-ul-Aziz , Shazia Omar Ahmed |