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 |

In South Asia, higher exports can translate into benefits for workers such as rising wages and a shift to formal employment. But these gains benefit some groups more than others, notably male,…

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

Building up a common regional brand identity is paramount to the success of Himalayan large cardamom, and it can also help secure the livelihoods of the women home-based workers who nurture and…

Navya D’Souza |

Interesting new results show that increasing women's control over their earnings via direct deposit and ability to use bank accounts can help bring women into the labor market and stay there…

Markus Goldstein |

Protecting ASEAN’s impressive gains over the past two decades will require prioritizing investments in people – that is, human capital.

Victoria Kwakwa |

The secured revolving line of credit (SLOC) product is particularly well suited for SME financing.

Pratibha Chhabra |

Since fintech offers the chance to boost economic growth and expand financial inclusion in all countries, the IMF and World Bank surveyed central banks, finance ministries, and other relevant…

Tobias Adrian, Ceyla Pazarbasioglu |