The World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, IDA has been a reliable partner in South Asia for more than six decades and contributed to a sharp decline in poverty in the region. Yet, for…

Hartwig Schafer |

Home to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, South Asia is one of the world’s most dynamic regions. It's also one of the least integrated. A few…

World Bank South Asia |

Photo: Mricon/Flickr This Earth Day, we have good reason to celebrate. It’s been a year that saw historic commitments along the path of our collective response to climate change and how we will…

Kevin Taylor, Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez |

Instructor and Students at the Bangladesh Korea Technical Training Center, Chittagong. Credit: Mahfuzul Hasan Bhuiyan Bangladesh has a major opportunity to address one of its most pressing…

Sanjay Kathuria |

India is home to 15, 000 kilometers of navigable inland waterways. Photo credit: Anirban Dutta / World Bank South Asia can now reap the benefits of greater regional integration it once enjoyed…

Prasad Thakur, Piyush Bagaria |

More than 50% of today’s international trade goes through regional trading arrangements.  While trade is a critical component of regional integration, integration has several other dimensions…

Sanjay Kathuria, Sohaib Shahid, Michael Ferrantino |

The Client Protection Principles: Model Law and Commentary for Financial Consumer Protection (the "Model Law"), recently launched by the Microfinance CEO Working Group, has the potential…

Ros Grady |

  Buy a leather case for your wife’s smartphone on Amazon, select shipping from China with an estimated delivery time of 4-6 weeks, and then be pleasantly surprised when it turns up on your…

Sanjay Kathuria |