With over a century of experience, Japan is at the forefront of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. With the World Bank they’re building a robust partnership to boost resilient…

Imad N. Fakhoury, Megumi Muto, Sameh Wahba |

A new World Bank Working Paper investigates the impact of lockdowns on the international trade of the Philippines, one of East Asia’s top traders, and one of the countries in the region most…

Guillermo Arenas, Socrates Majune, Angella Faith Montfaucon |

With extensive coastlines, many island nations, and low-lying territories, the East Asia and Pacific region is highly susceptible to climate-related disasters. The region has developing and…

Abidah B. Setyowati, Susan Shen |

The COVID-19 crisis spurred unprecedented change, especially in industries with a large digital component. This digital revolution has catalyzed increases in access to and use of financial…

David Malpass |

Women’s decision-making is often used as an indicator of women’s bargaining power in the household. This paper uses a spousal survey of 421 farmer couples in the Philippines to measure the extent…

Sundas Liaqat, Aletheia Amalia Donald, Forest Jarvis, Elizaveta Perova, Hillary C. Johnson |

As the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) moves towards full autonomy in 2025 it needs to continue prioritizing health sector reform.

Maria Vida Gomez, Sutayut Osornprasop |

With nearly 10,000 inhabited islands, there are thousands of diverse island communities across Southeast Asia facing the challenge of beaches covered in plastic. Photo: Shutterstock/

Kate Philp |

The World Bank currently supports Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Lao PDR with the registration of land rights in rural areas, including various forms of technical assistance on…

Willem van der Muur |

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 |

The Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens the uneven recovery of East Asia and Pacific. The invasion comes on top of the economic distress caused by the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, the financial…

Aaditya Mattoo, Ekaterine T. Vashakmadze, Ergys Islamaj |