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 |

Seamless transport integration and strong cross-border transport will make it easier to import and export goods between India and Bangladesh, boosting the income of people near and far.

Cecile Fruman, Matias Herrera Dappe, Charles Kunaka |

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 |

The Indian Ocean offers tremendous opportunities and some challenges for the island, coastal, and inland nations of South Asia and beyond.

Prasad Kariyawasam |

The pandemic has propelled women entrepreneurs into the digital economy which has allowed them to reach across national boundaries to establish partnerships and target new customers, overcoming…

Cecile Fruman |

The World Bank's recently-updated approach to help South Asian nations work together to cope with COVID-19 and unlock new opportunities for growth focuses on resilience, economic connectivity…

Hartwig Schafer, Cecile Fruman |

Paper-heavy trade processes are complex, frequently delay border clearance, provide opportunities for rent seeking, and act as a costly impediment to the private sector.

Erik Nora, Satya Prasad Sahu, Ivan Peterson |

South Asia’s tourism industry has lost more than 10 million jobs and $52 billion in GDP to COVID-19; rebuilding it after such a staggering blow won’t be easy.

Hartwig Schafer |

Bangladesh is often mooted as a regional logistics and transit hub and a bridge between South and Southeast Asia. Now, this ambition may become a reality in the country’s western region

Rajesh Rohatgi, Erik Nora, Muneeza Mehmood Alam |