This blog introduces eight papers published during the weeks of January 18 and 25 on various topics including gender and the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Here are the highlights of select findings.…

Policy Research Working Paper team |

Sri Lanka is the South Asia region’s top performer in terms of human development outcomes. This is the result of the country’s commitment and long-track record of achievements in health and…

Chiyo Kanda |

COVID-19 has put Indian children at even higher risk of extreme poverty and malnutrition. At the same time, the lockdowns have increased the time fathers spend at home. In this new reality, how…

Anurag Banerjee, Piya Bhalla, Sayan Kundu, Ellen Moscoe |

The lack of affordable and reliable childcare options in Sri Lanka, especially for for daily wage earners, has brought the issue of childcare sharply into focus.

Renu Warnasuriya |

Young children and their families around the world have been exposed to the direct impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and are at the highest risk of being left behind if governments do…

Diego Luna-Bazaldua, Adelle Pushparatnam |

As the global pandemic continues to unfold, young children will be especially vulnerable – so in addition to early childhood education, we need to ensure efforts that promote holistic early…

Amanda Devercelli |

Guatemala’s new School Feeding Law promises to help promoting food security of all children in school. It also presents an opportunity to better connect markets, address information gaps, empower…

Camila De Ferrari Piazza, Viviana Perego, Katie Kennedy Freeman |

I witnessed how in a melding of the old and new, the World Bank is working with the Indonesian government to deliver better basic services through the convergence of three elements: the tradition…

Benoît Bosquet |

Four ministers of social issues from Ecuador recently visited Peru to learn the details of these advances and to discuss how to address the problem of malnutrition in their country.

Nelson Gutiérrez |

A class of 4 year olds and their teacher say namaste in rural Nepal.
Photo © Aisha Faquir/World Bank

Amanda Devercelli, Jaime Saavedra |