As South Asian countries intensify the fight against COVID-19, it is imperative that social protection programs, including cash transfers, food vouchers, unemployment benefits, pensions, wage…

Lynne Sherburne-Benz, Stefano Paternostro, Zaineb Majoka |

We can dream about the future we want and take action to make it happen. This is the most important challenge lying ahead for Latin America and the Caribbean: to create our region’s future with a…

Carlos Felipe Jaramillo |

As our fiscal year ends, a look back at our achievements and a commitment to providing the support needed to achieve a sustainable and inclusive recovery.

David Malpass |

In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the coronavirus (COVID-19) is disproportionately affecting poor households, who are more likely to live in cramped conditions, often with elderly…

Aziz Atamanov, Johannes Hoogeveen, Laura Rodriguez |

COVID-19 has hit hard lives and economies across South Asia. The World Bank is responding rapidly, helping governments buy vital protective equipment and medical supplies, provide learning to…

Hartwig Schafer |

Tamkeen is a longstanding program for development planning in Yemen that encourages social and economic resilience in the face of conflict by assessing a community’s resources—its skills, public…

Abdulelah Taqi |

South Asian cities are known hotspots for air pollution. But in the last few months, many have enjoyed unusually clear skies and fresh air.

Muthukumara Mani, Takahiro Yamada |

Ensuring better integration of refugees into host communities and longer-term investments in both refugees and their hosts.

Axel van Trotsenburg |

Tracking progress aimed at reducing poverty requires the availability of high-quality poverty data. Unfortunately, many countries face challenges in collecting this type of data, especially poorer…

Ibrahima Sarr |

Without rapid, decisive, and coordinated action, COVID-19 threatens to pose a huge setback to hard-won gains in human capital.

Annette Dixon, Hana Brixi |