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 |

A summary of the important steps the World Bank Group has taken in response to COVID-19.

David Malpass |

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 |

Egypt’s rapid population growth and lack of affordable housing have made house ownership and rental difficult, especially for low-income households. Available, affordable housing has been affected…

Jean Michel Lobet, Laila Abdelkader, Alia Eldidi |

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 |

Investing in and protecting human capital is a key element of the first institution-wide strategy on fragility, conflict and violence (FCV) of the World Bank Group. Health is a critical element of…

Muhammad Ali Pate, Franck Bousquet |

In 2005, Affaf joined el sewing center in Mokattam and started to learn how to sew until she mastered everything. She is now the manager of the center, and she deals with clients, gives them…

Yasmina Abou Youssef |

International Women’s Day on March 8 provides us the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women all over the world and reflect on both the progress we have made on gender equality and the…

Henry G. Kerali |

When we dig deeper into the entrepreneurship ecosystem of Upper Egypt, we find a lot of supply-driven activities; such as competitions, training, and other events raising awareness of the need for…

Mahmoud Halim |

To address comprehensively the root causes of financial exclusion, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), the central bank, has launched in September 2019 the first National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS…

Wahidullah Nosher |