Hartwig Schafer, Vice President, South-Asia Region, World Bank writes on the importance of prioritizing road safety in India. Will the recent Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019 help reduce road…

Hartwig Schafer |

this post discusses a paper documenting patterns of intrahousehold inequality in india and relates them to excess mortality among older women

Markus Goldstein |

The World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, IDA has been a reliable partner in South Asia for more than six decades and contributed to a sharp decline in poverty in the region. Yet, for…

Hartwig Schafer |

In South Asia, higher exports can translate into benefits for workers such as rising wages and a shift to formal employment. But these gains benefit some groups more than others, notably male,…

Gladys Lopez-Acevedo, Diego Cardozo Medeiros, Deeksha Kokas |

Open defecation is the practice of people defecating outside, such as in street gutters, behind bushes or into open bodies of water. Between 2000 and 2017, the world nearly...

Haruna Kashiwase |

Building up a common regional brand identity is paramount to the success of Himalayan large cardamom, and it can also help secure the livelihoods of the women home-based workers who nurture and…

Navya D’Souza |

It is undeniable that progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty over the last quarter century—from 36 percent of the world population in 1990 to an estimated 8.6 percent in 2018—and that…

Philippe H. Le Houérou, Antoinette Sayeh |

Studies indicate that in India alone, only 30 percent of the IT workforce is female. Most women in IT start well, but their careers are disrupted five to 10 years in, thanks to marriage or…

Ramalatha Marimuthu |

From this visit to Huimin, it is clear that e-commerce has brought new opportunities to China’s countryside. It has catalyzed local entrepreneurship, brought some migrants back home, reuniting…

Martin Raiser, Xubei Luo |

Central Asia’s future as a supplier of agri-products and livestock will depend on how food producers and processors in the region respond to the increased quality and safety demands of consumers,…

Lilia Burunciuc |