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 |

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 |

On this International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021, we flag the importance of psychosocial support as a central component to moving toward an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post-…

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Pamornrat Tansanguanwong |

In understanding the impact of COVID-19 on the Thai population, the World Bank, in conjunction with Gallup Poll, conducted a rapid phone survey from April 27 to June 15, 2021.

Nadia Belhaj Hassine Belghith, Tanida Arayavechkit |

The COVID-19 outbreak has created significant challenges for Thailand’s labor market. The COVID-19 outbreak led to significant employment losses in the first half of 2020 and a decline in hours…

Harry Edmund Moroz |

Countries in the East Asia and Pacific region will benefit from cooperation in three major areas: vaccine deployment, reviving sectors of the regional economy, and building on their close…

Victoria Kwakwa |

Southeast Asia is a hot spot for plastic pollution because of rapid urbanization and a rising middle class, whose consumption of plastic products and packaging is growing due to their convenience…

Victoria Kwakwa, Alfonso Garcia Mora |

World Bank Group funds projects to rein in pollution at every stage of plastic value chain.

David Malpass |

Public infrastructure has a significant role in helping countries achieve development goals. However, corruption in this sector has a particularly negative impact for developing countries.

Ian Hawkesworth |