The World Bank's recently-updated approach to help South Asian nations work together to cope with COVID-19 and unlock new opportunities for growth focuses on resilience, economic connectivity…

Hartwig Schafer, Cecile Fruman |

The World Bank Group's 2020 Human Capital Index reminds us that much still needs to be to done to strengthen human development outcomes such as health and education.

Hartwig Schafer |

Paper-heavy trade processes are complex, frequently delay border clearance, provide opportunities for rent seeking, and act as a costly impediment to the private sector.

Erik Nora, Satya Prasad Sahu, Ivan Peterson |

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 |

The deadly COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is bringing together leaders of South Asian countries in a way rarely seen in recent years.

Cecile Fruman, Mandakini Kaul |

Malnutrition is a major public health issue in India. It affects children’s chances of survival, increases their susceptibility to illness, reduces their ability to learn, and makes them less…

Suresh Kunhi Mohammed, Abeyah Alomair |

India's POSHAN Abhiyaan aims to reduce stunting in children below six years of age to 25% by 2022 and decrease the incidence of low birth weight among babies. It also aims to lower the rates…

Mohini Kak, Deepika Chaudhery |

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 |

E-commerce can become a driver of growth across South Asia and boost trade between the region’s countries, but its potential remains largely untapped.

Viviana Perego, Sanjay Kathuria, Arti Grover, Aaditya Mattoo, Pritam Banerjee |