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

Trishna Thapa |

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…

Anurag Banerjee, Piya Bhalla, Sayan Kundu, Ellen Moscoe |

Kamala is one of 149 women mobile masons hired by the National Reconstruction Authority in 14 districts in Nepal most affected by the earthquake for providing socio-technical assistance under the…

Sulochana Nepali |

Afghanistan's power utility has achieved success in increasing gender equality in the organization. In 2018, it launched a new internship program to provide better opportunities for recent…

Yukari Shibuya |

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 |

In Nepal, COVID-19 has intensified the risk of gender-based violence (GBV) for women and girls. Despite limited resources, Nepal's gender-based violence service providers have stepped up to…

Jaya Sharma, Deepa Rai, Sachi Mulmi |

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 |

In Nepal, children with disabilities face serious obstacles. Only about 50% of schools in Nepal are providing some form of remote teaching-learning support to children with disabilities.

Maya Sherpa, Cristian Aedo, Karthika Radhakrishnan-Nair |

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 |

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 |