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 |

COVID-19 has tested the limits of Nepal’s education system, and much progress remains to be made to improve children’s learning. But the pandemic has also revealed how quickly the country could…

Karthika Radhakrishnan-Nair, Cristian Aedo, Mohan Prasad Aryal, Maya Sherpa, Uttam Sharma |

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

John Roome |

The latest data suggest that South and Central America have become the new COVID-19 epicenter, with daily infections in the region now exceeding those in the United States and Europe .

Patricio V. Marquez, Santiago Herrera Aguilera, Luigi Butron Calderon |

Saudi Arabia has been investing steadily in digital infrastructure and services. Today, despite the COVID-19 lockdown, the country's advanced digital ecosystem has allowed Saudis to ensure…

Zaki Khoury |

Brazil’s poorest people, who were already unduly affected by the economic crisis of 2014-16, are now at greater risk from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rafael Munoz Moreno, Liliana Sousa, Anna Luisa Paffhausen |

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads across the globe, the disease is projected to take an immense human toll on Sub-Saharan Africa, infecting at least 110 million people in the region. The immediate…

Amy Copley, Alison Decker, Fannie Delavelle |

As we address pandemic-related food security in the region, this is a good time to revisit important lessons learned from the South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative.

Cecile Fruman, Yinan Zhang |