As South Asian countries intensify the fight against COVID-19, it is imperative that social protection programs, including cash transfers, food vouchers, unemployment benefits, pensions, wage…

Lynne Sherburne-Benz, Stefano Paternostro, Zaineb Majoka |

COVID-19 has hit hard lives and economies across South Asia. The World Bank is responding rapidly, helping governments buy vital protective equipment and medical supplies, provide learning to…

Hartwig Schafer |

South Asian cities are known hotspots for air pollution. But in the last few months, many have enjoyed unusually clear skies and fresh air.

Muthukumara Mani, Takahiro Yamada |

As they respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19), countries have a unique opportunity to plan for stronger and greener economies.

John Roome |

The World Bank, Parley for the Oceans, an environmental organization and global network, and the South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme, an inter-governmental institution, launch an…

Hartwig Schafer, Cyrill Gutsch |

As South Asian governments fight to recover their coronavirus-ravaged economies, a new regional project will help make key sectors like agriculture and transport more resilient to shocks caused by…

Haris Khan, Atishay Abbhi, Keisuke Iyadomi |

As planning for recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 begins, the big question is what form this new economy might take?

Urvashi Narain, Hasita Bhammar |

As we address pandemic-related food security in the region, this is a good time to revisit important lessons learned from the South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative.

Cecile Fruman, Yinan Zhang |

The unprecedented emergency posed by COVID-19 will have a devastating impact on the lives of the poor. Nearly 24 percent of Pakistan’s 210 million people totter below the poverty line. The country…

Amjad Zafar Khan |

As COVID-19 takes its human and economic toll around the world, the World Bank is supporting Pakistan’s frontline health care staff and those whose lives have been affected by the pandemic.

Aliya Kashif, Shaza Khan |