There are various benefits to adopting a smart green transition strategy to ward off climate damages in South Asia. Now is an opportune time to plan ahead for a greener, more energy-independent…

Valerie Mercer-Blackman, Lazar Milivojevic, Victor Mylonas |

The World Bank's Global Tax Program explores the gender dimensions of tax systems, aiming to help developing countries formulate tax policies with a gender lens. Results from three countries…

Caren Grown, Ceren Ozer, Chiara Bronchi |

Detailed data on the spatial distribution of jobs is crucial, but such data are rarely available. This study develops a machine learning algorithm that relies on widely available public data to…

Paolo Avner, Jun Rentschler, Samira Barzin, Neave O'Clery |

For South Asia to reach its full economic potential, it must explore untapped opportunities.

Hans Timmer |

Flexible exchange rates help weather external shocks, provided exports respond in a timely manner.

Gonzalo Varela |

The importance of finance for investment and growth implies that the financial sector is central to the growth agenda in Pakistan. And yet, Pakistan’s financial sector has under-delivered on its…

Namoos Zaheer, Rafay Khan |

To tackle climate change and protect the planet, protecting coastal ecosystems and blue carbon solutions will be critical. Blue carbon is carbon captured by the ocean and coastal ecosystems, and…

Christophe Crepin, Rahat Jabeen, Sachiko Kondo |

The impact of COVID-19 pandemic was particularly severe on daily wage earners and others with no employment protection. The lockdowns imposed and disruption in economic activities increased food…

Namash Nazar, Fida Muhammad, Daud Khan, Willem Janssen |

Perhaps there can be a silver lining from the current load shedding (planned power cuts due to insufficient supply) that is affecting the electricity sector in Pakistan: the immediate…

Oliver Knight |

Energy subsidies are proliferating as governments try to shield consumers from rising and volatile energy prices — but these come with significant risks.

Defne Gencer, Elcin Akcura |