As countries prepare to meet at the G20 summit in Turkey next week, global growth and infrastructure needs will be at the top of decision makers’ concerns. And rightly so: Infrastructure – roads,…

Robert Montgomery |

India is home to 15, 000 kilometers of navigable inland waterways. Photo credit: Anirban Dutta / World Bank South Asia can now reap the benefits of greater regional integration it once enjoyed…

Prasad Thakur, Piyush Bagaria |

Young Indian Female Student at the South Asia Economic Forum 2015. Credit: World Bank You don’t have to be a number-cruncher to enjoy this challenge: 1, 5, 200, and 2, 800, 000. Close your eyes…

Delilah Liu, Sanjay Kathuria |

All of the parties involved in public-private partnership (PPP) transactions – including both governments and project developers – frequently express concern over the time and expense involved in…

Mark Moseley |

In 1899 American Ada Blenkhorn—inspired by a disabled nephew—wrote the popular folk song Keep On the Sunny Side. As legend would have it, Blenkhorn’s nephew always wanted his wheelchair pushed…

John Kjorstad |

How important is land as a factor of production in India? In a recent paper (The misallocation of land and other factors of production in India, " Policy Research Working Paper Series 7221),…

Ejaz Ghani, Gilles Duranton, Arti Grover, William Kerr |

When our team at IFC got the mandate in 2010 for a PPP to set up a 5MW grid connected solar rooftop (SRT) in Gandhinagar (Gujarat, India), some thought that the project was too small to make a…

Pankaj Sinha |

Throughout history, people have recognized the power of the sun to improve peoples’ lives. In India, and in households and business throughout Gujarat state in particular, that idea lives on in a…

Tanya Scobie Oliveira |

​Fifteen years from now, will you remember where you were when the UN General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Friday, September 25, 2015 may not be one of those days…

Bertrand Badré |

Mortijheel Commercial area Photo credit: Mahfuzul Hasan Bhuiyan South Asia can become a powerful locomotive of global development but it could just as easily regress into becoming the crucible for…

Tariq Karim |