The COVID-19 pandemic pushed two of the most disadvantaged groups out of work: women and youth.

Valerie Mercer-Blackman, Vanessa Olakemi Dovonou |

A tumultuous year of deep uncertainty brought on by multiple overlapping crises in which South Asia was hit by a series of unprecedented shocks. Here's a look back at 2022 in 10 blogs.

Adnan Siddiqi |

When the political crisis hit Afghanistan in August 2021, the private sector was already struggling with an unfavorable investment climate, political instability, endemic corruption, low business…

Mohammad Sulaiman Akbari |

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 |

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 |

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 |

In Sri Lanka, the Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project is making a paradigm shift in mindsets of rural Sri Lankans by raising awareness, providing training and building laboratories for…

Rubika Shrestha, Thiruni Liyanage, Kristoffer Welsien |

This household level data suggests that the downturn in welfare outcomes in Afghanistan is being largely driven by a sharp decline in overall economic conditions, more so than by specific actions…

Cesar Cancho, Erwin Knippenberg, Ghazala Mansuri |