For Indonesia which was already the fastest-growing digital economy in the South East Asia region, this presents an exciting opportunity to harness the power of these technologies to address some…

Sailesh Tiwari |

The squalor of slums, unsustainability of sprawl, and sterility of skyscrapers are persistent challenges for community leaders and urban planners. Instead, they call for livable neighborhoods with…

Somik Lall, Mathilde Lebrand, Hogeun Park |

What happens when people stop trusting their leaders? They become suspicious. As we’ve witnessed, many people do not trust state-led vaccine programs. Then, people start taking matters into their…

Kumi Naidoo |

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 |

The first national micro-story contest named “If your Eyes could see my Story”, organized by the World Bank Office in Bolivia, aimed to generate reflection and discussion about racial…

Ericka Nogales |

The best way out of this crisis would be one in which the region can overcome the low growth that persisted before the pandemic, and that allows it to enter a path of greater development with…

Carlos Felipe Jaramillo |

What is a smart city? We've seen the term used in urban planning and governance to transport, energy, the environment, health, and education. We’ve also noticed that the notion of smart…

Gunes Basat, Narae Choi |

The pandemic did a lot of damage to Nepal’s tourism industry. It will take years to fully recover, but it looks like the industry took a good lesson out of it.

Rameshore Khanal |