On January 7th, India reached a remarkable milestone as the 1.5 billionth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine was administered. Reaching 2 billion doses and beyond could prove more challenging than the…

Aarushi Bhatnagar, Owen Smith |

As the second wave of COVID-19 struck India, the demand for medical oxygen soared ten-fold and tragic scenes unfolded as people struggled to access it. Over the last few months India has been…

Ramana Gandham, Rajaji Meshram, Andrew Sunil Rajkumar |

The pandemic-induced lifestyle changes will exacerbate the already acute plastics waste challenges in South Asia unless urgent action is taken.

Monika Kumar, Nina Tsydenova, Pawan Patil |

The converging technology revolution has the potential to build and protect human capital through improved service delivery; create jobs and innovation; and empower human capital through inclusion…

Lynne Sherburne-Benz, Sajitha Bashir, Klaus Tilmes, Naoto Kanehira |

South Asia has been hit hard by the COVID19 pandemic. Countries need to prepare for future shock and re-envision the delivery of essential services such as health, education, and social protection…

Hartwig Schafer |

As a response to COVID-19, the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank are coordinating more than $15.4 billion in wide-ranging lending programs in South Asia.

Hartwig Schafer, Shixin Chen |

Mobile government (mGov) offers developing countries several benefits for their citizens including financial inclusion, wider access to services and improved government social accountability.

Khuram Farooq, Peter Kustor |

In 2019, road deaths in Tamil Nadu fell to 10,000, a reduction of over 25 percent. What important lessons on road safety can other Indian states learn from Tamil Nadu’s successful experience? 

James Markland, Dipan Bose, Dominic S. Haazen |

These are some of the most pressing development priorities in South Asia and the topics for our most popular blogs in 2020.

Trishna Thapa |

COVID-19 has put Indian children at even higher risk of extreme poverty and malnutrition. At the same time, the lockdowns have increased the time fathers spend at home. In this new reality, how…

Anurag Banerjee, Piya Bhalla, Sayan Kundu, Ellen Moscoe |