Three months after unprecedented floods devastated a third of Pakistan, the situation remains dire. About 3.5 million children have had their education disrupted. As in most disasters, the poorest…

Freya Perry, Izza Farrakh, Elena Roseo |

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 |

Across Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan, climate shocks are undoing decades of developmental growth. In each country, the poor and vulnerable are disproportionately impacted while adaptation and…

Thomas Kerr |

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 |