After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, mangroves emerged as one of the unlikely stars that could avert the worst impacts of such disasters. Restoring India’s mangroves is the way forward for…

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How did Bangladesh achieve a successful demographic transition by decreasing the total fertility rate – and what important lessons can its experience hold for other countries?

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These are some of the most pressing development priorities in South Asia and the topics for our most popular blogs in 2020.

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COVID-19 has put Indian children at even higher risk of extreme poverty and malnutrition. At the same time, the lockdowns have increased the time fathers spend at home. In this new reality, how…

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Niranjala’s husband started physically abusing her soon after they got married. It got worse after their first child. When she was about to file for a divorce, the pandemic struck.

Faris Hadad-Zervos |

The World Bank’s Sustainable Enterprise Project provides access to loans for microenterprises to adopt cleaner and greener methods of operation. In light of the pandemic, the project started to…

Zahir Uddin Ahmed |

While the poor have suffered severely during the crisis, many informal workers in the middle of the income distribution also experienced a large drop in earnings.

Maurizio Bussolo, Siddharth Sharma, Hans Timmer |

The Emergency Multi-Sector Rohingya Crisis Response Project is supporting the Bangladesh government to scale up access to essential services such as energy, water, sanitation, and disaster-…

Swarna Kazi, Ignacio Urrutia |

For some women in Bhutan, COVID-19 has shown that their home is a dangerous place to be. The pandemic has exacerbated economic pressures and worsened tensions at home, often leading to increased…

Tenzin Lhaden |

Delhi and the surrounding National Capital Region (NCR) are often the focus of media reports on air quality, but poor air quality is a concern across the country, as noted in a recent World Bank…

John Roome |