Bangladeshi women holding baskets above their heads while working on a road project. The Second Bangladesh Rural Transport Improvement Project has generated nearly 50, 000 person-years of…

Ashis Bhadra, Md. Mostafa Kamal |

Students hold a discussion. Improved quality of higher education provides an opportunity for better jobs. A couple of months ago, I visited a few tertiary colleges affiliated with the National…

Tashmina Rahman |

Habibur shares a content smile as he tends to his rice field. Photo Credit: World Bank On a recent field trip to northern Bangladesh, the smiles of Habibur, a young man working in a rice field …

Mehrin Ahmed Mahbub |

As we today mark UN Women’s Day, it is worth considering what the inequality between men and women costs South Asian countries and what can be done about it.  One big cost of inequality is that…

Annette Dixon |

About four years ago, I started coordinating a knowledge and learning network, which we ultimately named Business, Enterprise and Employment Support (BEES) for women in South Asia. This network…

Melissa Williams |

A student at an Urban Slum Learning Center in Dhaka. Photo: Mabruk Kabir/World Bank On a foggy winter morning in Dhaka, 41-year-old Jahid was sipping tea by a roadside stall. “Life was very…

Mabruk Kabir, Dilip Parajuli |

Student’s project for the blind person (left), analogue fabrication lab (right) Recently, an undergraduate engineering student from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET) in…

Saori Imaizumi |

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 |

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 |