South Asia is the least integrated region in the world. Intra-regional trade in South Asia is less than 2% of GDP compared to over 20% in East Asia. Labor mobility and regional travel is minimal,…

Sarmad Shaikh |

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Kerry Natelege Crawford |

If you saw how poor I was before, you would see that things are getting better.   When I hear stories like that of Jean Bosco Hakizimana, a Burundian farmer whose life was transformed by a cow, I…

Joachim von Amsberg |

Cities have always been the driving forces of world civilizations. What Niniveh was to the Assyrian civilization, Babylon was to the Babylonian civilization.  When Peter the Great, third in the…

Souleymane Coulibaly |

“For the first time, I saw that the Government was thinking about the same issues as I was. I didn’t know.” These hotel owner’s words are characteristic of many in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines…

Andrea Gallina |

También disponible en español In the context of a global economic slowdown and the search for balanced economic growth, I offer some elements for discussion. All countries aspire to strong,…

Oscar Calvo-González |

Like a Bollywood dance sequence, South Asia’s growth numbers tend to dazzle. It is the second-fastest-growing region in the world after East Asia. But behind the glamour lies a paradox. Despite…

Mabruk Kabir, Joe Qian |

On June 6th, CGAP launched its annual and ever-growing photo contest that highlights the diversity and dynamism of microfinance around the world. Each year, the CGAP Photo Contest receives…

Michael Rizzo |

Last week, I discussed the optimistic and pessimistic views of South Asia's development potential. As I highlighted in my book, Reshaping Tomorrow, South Asia is among the fastest growing…

Ejaz Ghani |

También disponible en español Handing out a debit card or a 10 dollar bill to the fast-food franchise attendant is probably as natural to most people as buying their lunch every day. Many don…

Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Leora Klapper |