2021 has already been an extraordinary year for Afghanistan – impacted by the pandemic on the one hand and the withdrawal of the US troops on the other – both have implications on the country.

Manizha Wafeq |

Remittance flows are a major source of income for all countries in South Asia, larger than all other capital inflows combined.

Valerie Mercer-Blackman, Yi (Claire) Li |

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 |

A World Bank report provides new evidence of how black carbon compounds the effects of climate change to accelerate the melting of the glaciers of the Himalayas.

Muthukumara Mani |

A new World Bank Group paper on conflict-induced internal displacement outlines several recommendations for the institution to further step up its support to internally displaced populations and…

Stefan Emblad, Xavier Devictor, Caroline Bahnson |

The region is the world’s second largest contributor of solid waste —334 million tons annually-- and is also on track to be the fastest growing contributor to plastic pollution over the next two…

Hartwig Schafer, Cecile Fruman |

Good Neighbours series spotlights successful examples of regional cooperation in South Asia and demonstrates how people-to-people activities advance regionalism. Research guides this World Bank’s…

Mandakini Kaul, Nikita Singla |

A bold energy venture is about to improve access to sustainable electricity in Afghanistan and raise the living standards of thousands of Afghans.

Christopher James Wahoff |

Pressures of the COVID-19 crisis prompted IDA to accelerate financing commitments last year and launch an early replenishment. This made for a moment of much-needed international solidarity in…

Dr. Denny Kalyalya, Axel van Trotsenburg |

South Asia is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change and loss of biodiversity. In 2021, the world needs to hear a united voice from South Asia at the multilateral conferences in…

Shyam Saran |