While staying home prevented them from contracting coronavirus, survivors of gender based violence (GBV) faced a different kind of ‘shadow pandemic’.

Jaya Sharma |

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 |

As they respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19), countries have a unique opportunity to plan for stronger and greener economies.

John Roome |

The World Bank, Parley for the Oceans, an environmental organization and global network, and the South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme, an inter-governmental institution, launch an…

Hartwig Schafer, Cyrill Gutsch |

As planning for recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 begins, the big question is what form this new economy might take?

Urvashi Narain, Hasita Bhammar |

Chiya (tea) Station, a small café in the middle of a busy market in Banepa, Kavrepalanchowk looks similar to other teashops in the area. From the outset, it is yet another emerging business but…

Deepa Rai |

With the help of Nepal’s Office of the Auditor General (OAG), which is supported by the World Bank, local citizens are taking back control and enforcing rule of law to defend Nepal’s Fewa Lake, an…

Franck Bessette, Anjalee Thakali |

The World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, IDA has been a reliable partner in South Asia for more than six decades and contributed to a sharp decline in poverty in the region. Yet, for…

Hartwig Schafer |

The World Bank, together with DFID Nepal, has launched a Train the Trainers (T-O-T) program. Last summer, 82 participants took a 40-hour face-to-face training—the first phase of the program—to…

Nkechi Coker, Liza Maharjan |