As COVID-19 dominates the world’s attention, it bears remembering that another, older respiratory disease that is both preventable and treatable is still killing 1.5 million people every year: TB…

Tom Perry, Miriam Schneidman |

The World Bank has joined the fight to kick TB out of Papua New Guinea. (World Bank / Tom Perry) My last surviving grandparent, my Nanna, passed away peacefully late last year. And the end of a…

Tom Perry |

To ensure their city remains sustainable, Colombo’s citizens need to co-exist and build harmonious relationships with natural ecosystems and the biodiversity that thrives in them Protecting nature…

Darshani De Silva |

The capital city of Shimla is built on the mountain slopes of the state of Himachal Pradesh. On the streets of Shimla, residents stare at a strange group of visitors. The group looks and acts…

Jie-ae Sohn |

“Smart city” has become a buzzword in India ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi outlined his vision for creating a series (a hundred, to be exact) of them. Since then, there have been many…

Jon Kher Kaw |

Traffic in Dhaka. Arne Hoel/World Bank Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, has been dubbed as “the traffic capital of the world” because of its chaotic traffic and frequent traffic jams. Some…

Ke Fang |

Last week a group of Bank staff joined our clients from the South Asia region for an Urbanization Knowledge Platform event on green cities. The event was held in Seoul and Daegu, respectively the…

Ming Zhang |

Over the last quarter-century, the number of urban dwellers in South Asia has more than doubled to almost 500 million. In India alone, the number of city dwellers has grown by 122 million. Delhi,…

Yue Li |

Slideshow: At 7 Billion Mark, Reproductive Health Critical With the 7 billionth baby joining the planet, many of us are rightly concerned about the challenges posed by a growing population and its…

Cristian Baeza |

When thinking about development, I always look for opportunities for cross learning between regions. Having lived in and traveled extensively in East Asia and having worked in the South Asia…

Joe Qian |