Cultivation of water intensive crops is contributing to declining water tables in Northern India. For farmers who both own and control the use of their pump, training in water reducing techniques…

Katherine Alfredo, Aurélie Harou, Ishita Kapur, Katya Vasilaky |

Evidence suggests that cities with concentrated economic activity may have more positive relationships between pollution and wealth, indicating individuals' willingness to tolerate pollution…

Patrick Behrer, Sam Heft-Neal |

A new IFC report, Building Green: Embracing Sustainable Construction in Emerging Markets, estimates that global buildings and construction-related emissions could drop 23 percent by 2035 compared…

Susan Lund |

The 28th Conference of the Parties, better known as (COP28) concluded in Dubai  in December with a major agreement by 198 Parties, marking a new era of climate action. Several notable commitments…

Safaa El Tayeb El-Kogali, Syed Adeel Abbas |

National Bank of Kyrgyz Republic issued Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Guidelines for the banking sector to adequately manage the risks and recommends how banks can integrate ESG into…

Emiko Todoroki, Ismael Ahmad Fontan |

The 2020s have been an era of shocks: COVID-19, inflation, climate change, and social unrest are merely the most prominent among them. In developing countries, cities have not been effective shock…

Somik Lall, Jon Kher Kaw, Ban Edilbi |

Solar-powered groundwater irrigation is growing quickly in low- and middle-income countries. The swift adoption of solar pumps brings risks that require careful monitoring to guide policies and…

Soumya Balasubramanya |

A partnership underscores how combining financial support with technical assistance and knowledge exchange can amplify the impact on investment projects.

Haruka Miki-Imoto, Harsh Goyal |

The World Bank is crowdsourcing data on the lifespan of water wells and boreholes to bolster our collective understanding on the operational efficiency and durability of water wells and boreholes…

François Bertone |

A look back at South Asia’s year in 10 blogs. These blogs spotlight stories of resilience and innovation, and explore issues critical to the region such as air pollution, climate change, women’s…

Adnan Siddiqi, Trishna Thapa |