For South Asia to reach its full economic potential, it must explore untapped opportunities.

Hans Timmer |

As the gusts of the COVID-19 pandemic quieten, South Asian economies, left fragile and uneven in their recovery, are facing renewed headwinds: high inflation, rising fiscal deficits, and…

Zoe Leiyu Xie, Xiao'ou Zhu |

March 10th, 2022 marks an important milestone in the World Bank Group’s support to Pakistan in its land and housing sectors, with the approval of three complementary investments. This trilogy of…

Namoos Zaheer, Shahnaz Arshad, Dongkyu Kwak |

From plastic pollution to remittance flows, climate change to digital technology, human capital to road safety, we look back at the past year and highlight some of the most popular blogs from 2021…

Trishna Thapa |

The number of GBV incidents in Pakistan is alarming and there is no quick fix to improve the situation. However, with continued focus on engaging communities to prevent violence and strengthen…

Uzma Quresh, Tanya D'Lima, Ahmad Shah Durrani |

While countries should take advantage of the apparel industry to bring more women in the labor force, they also need policies to tackle barriers that prevent women from pursuing careers.

Stacey Frederick, Gladys Lopez-Acevedo, Raymond Robertson, Mexico Vergara |

There are millions of such inspiring, independent women across South Asia—especially in the poorest countries, which are served by the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA).

Hartwig Schafer |

Forward thinking, focused, and inclusive investments in human capital are sorely needed to support the path to recovery in Sri Lanka.

Hartwig Schafer |

The converging technology revolution has the potential to build and protect human capital through improved service delivery; create jobs and innovation; and empower human capital through inclusion…

Lynne Sherburne-Benz, Sajitha Bashir, Klaus Tilmes, Naoto Kanehira |

South Asia has been hit hard by the COVID19 pandemic. Countries need to prepare for future shock and re-envision the delivery of essential services such as health, education, and social protection…

Hartwig Schafer |