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

Cecile Fruman, Mandakini Kaul |

With just 10 percent of the world's vehicles, the region accounts for more than a quarter of global traffic deaths. Many crash victims are pedestrians, cyclists, or motorcyclists, and road…

Hartwig Schafer |

Of the region’s 450 million people, nearly two-thirds, almost 300 million people, are under the age of 35. Unfortunately, this vast human resource is highly “untapped,” and nearly 80 percent of…

Anna Bjerde |

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, and other rapidly growing cities in developing countries, it’s most important to build up job centers and to help people commute to them, so that urban centers are livable…

Annie Gapihan |

Can greater regional integration, knowledge exchange programs and cross-border trade, improve economic opportunity and livelihood for the poor, and empower women at the same time? With the right…

Nasirra Ahsan |

Earthquakes, landslides and heavy rainfall often cause long-term disruption of transport systems in South Asia, resulting in economic setbacks affecting internal trade and regional integration.…

Masatsugu Takamatsu, Julian Palma |

E-commerce can become a driver of growth across South Asia and boost trade between the region’s countries, but its potential remains largely untapped.

Viviana Perego, Sanjay Kathuria, Arti Grover, Aaditya Mattoo, Pritam Banerjee |

India can unleash the economic potential of its North Eastern Region (NER) by focusing on reforms that will boost the region’s participation in regional and Global Value Chains.

Priya Mathur, Sanjay Kathuria |

Dhaka accounts for one-third of the Bangladesh’s total population, one-fifth of national GDP and one-third of all jobs. It is imperative for the country to translate the economic density of Dhaka…

John Roome, Annie Gapihan, Hyunji Lee |