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 |

We invite all Maldivians, including women and youth, to share what they think are the constraints and opportunities that lie ahead; major challenges faced in ensuring prosperity for all and…

Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough |

World Bank South Asia Region team provides a platform for conversations about regional connectivity and helps find common ground between country priorities and regional integration.

Mandakini Kaul |

Indian Bengali tribal mother is feeding her baby on her lap in a rural background. Credit: Abir Bhattacharya/ Shutterstock [[tweetable]]Childhood stunting—or being too short for one’s age—is one…

Ashi Kathuria |

I just ended my first round of country visits as the World Bank’s Vice President for the South Asia Region.  Over and above all, [[tweetable]]I have been immensely impressed by the resilience,…

Hartwig Schafer |

Women knit handicrafts for export at Everest Fashion Fair Craft in Lalitpur, Nepal. Photo: Peter Kapuscinski / World Bank The South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) agreement has been in effect since…

Sanjay Kathuria, Nadeem Rizwan |

Illicit trade in tobacco products undermines global tobacco prevention and control interventions, particularly with respect to tobacco tax policy. From a public health perspective, illicit trade…

Sheila Dutta |

A malnourished child will face poorer outcomes as an adult. In South Asia, where malnutrition persists in multiple forms, improving nutrition in the early stages of life is critical to a child…

Felipe F. Dizon |