New technologies offer an opportunity to strengthen economic measurement. Evening luminosity observed from satellites has been shown to be a good proxy for economic activity. Economic growth is a…

Martin Rama, Robert C M Beyer |

Bicycles are the largest export of Bangladesh’s engineering sector, contributing about 12 percent of engineering exports. Credit: World BankThis blog is part of a series exploring new sources of…

Nadeem Rizwan, Sanjay Kathuria, Nikita Singla |

“200 pieces of Selfie are ready, please call them to collect, ” Nurjahan, an entrepreneur selling a local brand “Selfie” shoes, tells her husband to call a local shop owner to pick up his order.…

Nadia Sharmin, Simon Bell |

India-Bangladesh land border crossing. Credit: Sanjay Kathuria Deepening connectivity and economic linkages between India and Bangladesh will be critical for the success of India’s ‘Act East’…

Sanjay Kathuria |

Young Economists sharing the stage with Sanjay Kathuria, Lead Economist and Coordinator, Regional Integration (Left to Right: Aamir Khan/ Pakistan, Sreerupa Sengupta/ India, Sanjay Kathuria/ World…

Nikita Singla, Marcio Augusto De La Cruz |

Registered nurses look after newborns at a maternity hospital in Freetown Sierra Leone. © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Last week on World Population Day, I was thinking of the joy of children and the…

Kristalina Georgieva |

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Tariq Khokhar |

Bangladeshi woman works in the flourescent lamp section of SEED Bangla Limited. Photo Credit: World Bank Bangladesh has made remarkable progress toward ending poverty and sharing prosperity with…

Qimiao Fan |

  New Zealand Map.  Photo Credit: Academia maps GeoAtlas When people think about New Zealand’s most famous son, Sir Edmund Hillary, they mostly think about the quiet Auckland bee-keeper who…

Annette Dixon |

In a previous blog we related how South Asia as a whole had improved the performance of its container ports since 2000 but had still struggled to catch up with other developed and developing…

Matias Herrera Dappe, Ancor Suárez-Alemán |