As South Asian countries intensify the fight against COVID-19, it is imperative that social protection programs, including cash transfers, food vouchers, unemployment benefits, pensions, wage…

Lynne Sherburne-Benz, Stefano Paternostro, Zaineb Majoka |

Bangladesh is often mooted as a regional logistics and transit hub and a bridge between South and Southeast Asia. Now, this ambition may become a reality in the country’s western region

Rajesh Rohatgi, Erik Nora, Muneeza Mehmood Alam |

COVID-19 has hit hard lives and economies across South Asia. The World Bank is responding rapidly, helping governments buy vital protective equipment and medical supplies, provide learning to…

Hartwig Schafer |

As retail stores close in the United States and Europe, the declining demand for garment products is affecting workers in developing countries. Feeling the loss of sales, buyers are canceling…

Gladys Lopez-Acevedo, Deeksha Kokas , Raymond Robertson, Diego Cardozo Medeiros |

As planning for recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 begins, the big question is what form this new economy might take?

Urvashi Narain, Hasita Bhammar |

The deadly COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is bringing together leaders of South Asian countries in a way rarely seen in recent years.

Cecile Fruman, Mandakini Kaul |

Driven by income gaps, demographic pressures, and climate change, international migration flows are set to increase. The World Bank can support countries in promoting safe, orderly, and regular…

Michal Rutkowski |

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, and other rapidly growing cities in developing countries, it’s most important to build up job centers and to help people commute to them, so that urban centers are livable…

Annie Gapihan |

Can greater regional integration, knowledge exchange programs and cross-border trade, improve economic opportunity and livelihood for the poor, and empower women at the same time? With the right…

Nasirra Ahsan |

Economic activity in South Asia decelerated sharply in 2019 amid financial sector issues in India, monetary tightening in Pakistan, and global headwinds to regional exports. Five charts illustrate…

Temel Taskin |