Hot on the heels of Hurricane Sandy, Typhoon Bopha lashed the shores of the Philippines earlier this month, leaving 900 dead and 80, 000 homeless. Extreme weather is becoming the norm. The World…

Mabruk Kabir |

Pakistan’s population of nearly 181 million is growing at 2% per year; this population explosion has resulted in the country meeting the international definition of water stress—water availability…

Masroor Ahmad, Sana Ikram Sharif |

For a number of years, a majority of South Asians have been painfully aware that climate change is real and, if left unfettered, has the potential to reverse the significant gains the region has…

Charles Cormier |

Photo: A teacher and school class stand at a cyclone shelter in rural Bangladesh. Stephan Bachenheimer/World Bank Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project launches its “24 hours of Reality: Dirty Weather…

Charles Cormier |

The state of India’s school education does not paint a very pretty picture. No doubt a whopping 97% of all children between the ages of 6-14 years in rural India are enrolled in school. However,…

Garima Agarwal |

Arif Jafar had no choice about coming out as gay. In 2001, he was arrested in the northern Indian city of Lucknow at the AIDS prevention agency where he worked, charged with running a sex club,…

Elizabeth Howton |

India’s estimated 700, 000 hijras, or transgender women, generally get little or no schooling, their families often reject them, and they join marginalized and feudal communities where their…

Fabrice Houdart |

On April 3, 2012, the World Bank announced the “Imagining Our Future Together” art exhibition competition for young artists (those born after 1975) to submit samples of their work to be included…

World Bank South Asia |

The social institution of caste and the many ways it can create exclusion amongst different groups has a generated much literature in South Asia, primarily focused on India. Caste is often…

Rehan Jamil |

Saleha Begum was determined. Over the last couple of years, a number of children in her village had tragically died, their families left behind shocked and shattered. Memories were all that…

Naomi Ahmad |