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 |

Nepal identified its second COVID-19 case on March 24 and immediately went into lockdown. Since then, the government has committed to boosting testing to curb the virus' transmission.

Manav Bhattarai, Kari L. Hurt |

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 |

Find out how in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, when Nepal and most of the world was in an extended lockdown, a group of young people used data to help their communities.

Liza Maharjan, Avinashi Paudel |

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 |

South Asia’s tourism industry has lost more than 10 million jobs and $52 billion in GDP to COVID-19; rebuilding it after such a staggering blow won’t be easy.

Hartwig Schafer |

Maldives is harnessing digital technology to ensure all children across the country continue learning.

Shobhana Sosale, Harsha Aturupane, Cristian Aedo |

As South Asian countries intensify the fight against COVID-19, it is imperative that social protection programs, including cash transfers, food vouchers, unemployment benefits, pensions, wage…

Lynne Sherburne-Benz, Stefano Paternostro, Zaineb Majoka |

COVID-19 has hit hard lives and economies across South Asia. The World Bank is responding rapidly, helping governments buy vital protective equipment and medical supplies, provide learning to…

Hartwig Schafer |

South Asian cities are known hotspots for air pollution. But in the last few months, many have enjoyed unusually clear skies and fresh air.

Muthukumara Mani, Takahiro Yamada |