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 |

As they respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19), countries have a unique opportunity to plan for stronger and greener economies.

John Roome |

As we address pandemic-related food security in the region, this is a good time to revisit important lessons learned from the South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative.

Cecile Fruman, Yinan Zhang |

The unprecedented crisis posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) will mean that South Asia might experience its worst economic performance in 40 years, with at least half its countries falling into a…

Hans Timmer, Valerie Mercer-Blackman, Robert C M Beyer |

The key hygiene issues arise at the consumption stage and downstream, during collection and sorting of plastic waste before recycling.

Grzegorz Peszko |

As it continues to spread, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is triggering an economic fallout that will drive millions into poverty and further increase inequality. We are fighting back.

Hartwig Schafer |

The deadly COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is bringing together leaders of South Asian countries in a way rarely seen in recent years.

Cecile Fruman, Mandakini Kaul |

The World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, IDA has been a reliable partner in South Asia for more than six decades and contributed to a sharp decline in poverty in the region. Yet, for…

Hartwig Schafer |