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 |

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 |

South Asian cities are known hotspots for air pollution. But in the last few months, many have enjoyed unusually clear skies and fresh air.

Muthukumara Mani, Takahiro Yamada |

Ensuring better integration of refugees into host communities and longer-term investments in both refugees and their hosts.

Axel van Trotsenburg |

The global response to the COVID-19 outbreak mirrors the approach that IFC is using to tackle the climate crisis: that investors, businesses and financial institutions must lead the way to a new,…

Alzbeta Klein |

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Such is the case with this image of Aina Jakypova, a math teacher from a Kyrgyz village, explaining percentage calculations on the front gate of her…

Lilia Burunciuc |

As they respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19), countries have a unique opportunity to plan for stronger and greener economies.

John Roome |

During the COVID-19 crisis, climate shocks and extreme weather events will not stop. As countries begin the process of recovery, it is critical that we focus on building climate resilience,…

Arame Tall |

The pre-existing inequalities are likely to be exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, making it more difficult for the most vulnerable populations to access critical services - including healthcare…

Linda Van Gelder |

A stronger human capital base can help communities adapt to a changing climate, and reciprocally, investments in low-carbon, climate-resilient development can help countries unlock further human…

Carolina Monsalve, Kavita Watsa |