Holidays for me have always been about family and food. A time to relax, catch-up with loved ones and eat good food.  When it’s our turn to cook, my husband and I take time to plan the menu. A…

Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough |

Girls attend school. Pakistan. © Caroline Suzman/World Bank Growing up in Pakistan, I often wondered why boys were expected to become doctors or engineers while girls, including me, were…

Rudaba Zehra Nasir |

  Blog in Urdu This blog is certainly not about exploding mangoes but about the exploding Pakistani populace. The recent reactions of surprise on results of the census seems bewildering. Pakistan’…

Inaam Ul Haq |

© Dominic Chavez/World Bank India’s state of Chhattisgarh faced a daunting challenge in the mid-2000s. About half of its public food distribution was leaked, meaning that it never reached the…

Ugo Gentilini, Harold Alderman, Ruslan Yemtsov |

Sri Lanka's Right to Information act (RTI) can help citizens hold governments accountable and encourage citizens to participate actively in their democracy. Today, the world marks the…

Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough |

A group of women in a Sri Lanka Estate. Credit: Joe Qian / World Bank Happy New Year to all our Sri Lankan friends and colleagues celebrating the Sinhala and Tamil New Year this month; and Happy…

Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough |

The suburban train system in Mumbai is used by millions of women and men everyday, who rely on safe transport to access education and job opportunities.  Last week, I took a journey on Mumbai’s…

Annette Dixon, Joe Qian |

  Playtime of the students of the Nipuna preschool in Welampitiya, Sri Lanka. Credit: Renu Warnasuriya / World Bank The Little Rose preschool is situated at the base of a fifty-foot high landfill…

Renu Warnasuriya, Shalika Subasinghe |