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 strict lockdown imposed by the Government of India on March 24 brought most economic activity to a hard stop. The extent to which the economy would be able to bounce back following re-opening…

Alreena Renita Pinto, Aditi Bhowmick, Raghav Kapoor Adlakha |

Today, while millions of lives and livelihoods have been severely impacted by the pandemic, women from minority communities across India are supporting themselves thanks to the Nai Manzil skills…

Marguerite Clarke, Pradyumna Bhattacharjee |

To ensure that the Sri Lanka Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project was inclusive, we listened to the voices of diverse women, especially those in areas where poverty rates are high and…

Aroha Bahuguna |

This week, public health experts discuss the risks of obesity while fighting COVID-19 and the impact of the pandemic on essential health services for women and children.

Priyanka Ripley |

Our assessment of India’s air quality trends has found another underlying and positive trend: air quality has been improving across the country since 2018, and this has nothing to do with the…

Urvashi Narain, Rochelle Glenene O'Hagan, Varun Kshirsagar, Emmanuel Skoufias |

COVID-19 impacted almost all countries including India, which in July 2020 had the world’s third-highest number of cases. In the state of Odisha, with over 41 million people, the Odisha State…

Yamini Sarangi, Shanker Lal |

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 |