The smog over Delhi. Photo credit: Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier / Creative Commons Urbanization provides the countries of South Asia with the opportunity to transform their economies to join the…

Mark Roberts, Urvashi Narain |

Sarbamati Riverfront Development before Sarbamati Riverfront development after Robert Solow once said: “Livability is not a middle-class luxury, it is an economic imperative.” But how related are…

Sangmoo Kim, Rana Amirtahmasebi |

South Asia is not fully realizing the potential of its cities for prosperity and livability, and, according to a new report by The World Bank, a big reason is that its urbanization has been both…

Mark Roberts |

  Rural Nepalese celebrate commissioning of a MHP in their village Working in the renewable energy sector for the World Bank since 2010, I have visited more than 50 Micro Hydropower Plants (MHPs)…

Tomoyuki Yamashita |

Cranes in Bangladesh Harbor. Credit: Eric Nora / The World BankThis blog is part of the series #OneSouthAsia exploring how South Asia can become a more integrated, thus more economically dynamic…

Annette Dixon |

Bangladesh Women in Garment Factory. Credit: World Bank ​This blog is part of the series #OneSouthAsia exploring how South Asia can become a more integrated, thus more economically dynamic region…

Sanjay Kathuria |

India-Nepal border. Credit: Erik Nora / World Bank This blog is part of the series #OneSouthAsia exploring how South Asia can become a more integrated, thus more economically dynamic region. The…

Rajib Upadhya |

More than 50% of today’s international trade goes through regional trading arrangements.  While trade is a critical component of regional integration, integration has several other dimensions…

Sanjay Kathuria, Sohaib Shahid, Michael Ferrantino |

The benefits of public spaces in the poorest parts of the world Source: World Bank Staff We often think of amenities such as quality streets, squares, waterfronts, public buildings, and other well…

Sangmoo Kim |

In early 2014 I saw a video circulated by a colleague, wherein someone from Japan had put together all the earthquakes that struck Japan between January 2011 to September 2011, essentially…

Saurabh Dani |