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 |

The COVID-19 crisis threatens to widen the digital divide between men and women, which has become a significant hurdle to gender equality. To address this, the World Bank and CES have launched the…

Boutheina Guermazi |

With just 10 percent of the world's vehicles, the region accounts for more than a quarter of global traffic deaths. Many crash victims are pedestrians, cyclists, or motorcyclists, and road…

Hartwig Schafer |

Earthquakes, landslides and heavy rainfall often cause long-term disruption of transport systems in South Asia, resulting in economic setbacks affecting internal trade and regional integration.…

Masatsugu Takamatsu, Julian Palma |

The outsized risk of harassment that women face daily, in turn, affects their decisions whether to take a bus or even whether to get a job.

Andy Kotikula, Diana J. Arango |

The World Bank, together with DFID Nepal, has launched a Train the Trainers (T-O-T) program. Last summer, 82 participants took a 40-hour face-to-face training—the first phase of the program—to…

Nkechi Coker, Liza Maharjan |

Ranking third globally, South Asia generates a staggering 334 million metric tons of solid waste every year, and most of it is plastic that ends up in the ocean. But the region is also at the…

Hartwig Schafer |

While disasters such as earthquakes or floods affect everyone, their impacts are unevenly felt by different population groups.

Keiko Sakoda, Bandita Sijapati |

South Asia is home to some of the world’s countries most vulnerable to climate change. In the past decade alone, nearly 700 million people—half of the region’s population—were affected by one or…

Ditte Fallesen, Haris Khan, Ahsan Tehsin, Atishay Abbhi |