Talti village in Dhading district in Nepal: A new micro hydropower plant has made it possible to open an agro-processing plant. Credit: The World Bank Fifteen years ago, I started a new job in the…

Bhupendra Shakya |

Amidst all the hardships of daily life, what are the things that inspire you, give you hope and make you believe in a better tomorrow? That is the question we asked when we invited people to share…

Trishna Thapa |

The smog over Delhi. Photo credit: Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier / Creative Commons Urbanization provides the countries of South Asia with the opportunity to transform their economies to join the…

Mark Roberts, Urvashi Narain |

Sarbamati Riverfront Development before Sarbamati Riverfront development after Robert Solow once said: “Livability is not a middle-class luxury, it is an economic imperative.” But how related are…

Sangmoo Kim, Rana Amirtahmasebi |

South Asia is not fully realizing the potential of its cities for prosperity and livability, and, according to a new report by The World Bank, a big reason is that its urbanization has been both…

Mark Roberts |

  Rural Nepalese celebrate commissioning of a MHP in their village Working in the renewable energy sector for the World Bank since 2010, I have visited more than 50 Micro Hydropower Plants (MHPs)…

Tomoyuki Yamashita |

Students using new high-speed Internet in Tonga. Photo: World Bank Group For private financiers, official government support to information and communications technology (ICT) projects might seem…

Jeff Delmon |

This blog is part of the series #OneSouthAsia exploring how South Asia can become a more integrated, thus more economically dynamic region. The blog series is a  lead up to the South Asia Economic…

Prabha Chandran |

Relief workers in the town of Sankhu in the Kathmandu Valley, June 2015. Credit: Yann Doignon / World Bank It has been exactly three months since the Nepal earthquake first struck and one month…

Marc Forni |

More than 50% of today’s international trade goes through regional trading arrangements.  While trade is a critical component of regional integration, integration has several other dimensions…

Sanjay Kathuria, Sohaib Shahid, Michael Ferrantino |