This year’s devastating floods in Pakistan and a deadly heatwave highlight the urgent need for cross-border cooperation to prepare for climate disasters in South Asia.

Cecile Fruman, Saleemul Huq |

The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), a multi-donor partnership hosted by the World Bank, has known for years how important it is to adopt a more proactive approach to…

Henriette B. Mampuya, Anna Patricia Valerio |

South Asian countries face competing policy priorities as they continue to address the scars from the COVID-19 pandemic amid a series of shocks rocking the region.

Zoe Leiyu Xie, Xiao'ou Zhu |

As my World Bank Group colleagues and I prepare for COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, we know that climate change is a serious risk multiplier that hinders sustainable and inclusive development across…

Martin Raiser |

Without adequate cooling, these conditions undermine countries’ development. When blistering heat strikes South Asia, the poor and most vulnerable, like Ravinder Kumar, suffer the worst impacts.…

Abhas Jha, Mehul Jain |

Energy—along with the innovations, investments, and growth it makes possible across economies—is at the heart of development, and in South Asia, the decarbonization of the energy sector is key to…

Margaret Triyana, Yi (Claire) Li |

From food insecurity and lack of services, to limited or no economic opportunities, millions of Sri Lankans are facing acute risks and deprivations.

Faris Hadad-Zervos |

There are various benefits to adopting a smart green transition strategy to ward off climate damages in South Asia. Now is an opportune time to plan ahead for a greener, more energy-independent…

Valerie Mercer-Blackman, Lazar Milivojevic, Victor Mylonas |

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

Hans Timmer |

The importance of finance for investment and growth implies that the financial sector is central to the growth agenda in Pakistan. And yet, Pakistan’s financial sector has under-delivered on its…

Namoos Zaheer, Rafay Khan |