As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on in South Asia, reversing years of hard-won development and economic gains, it is more necessary than ever to think consciously about the future of transport and…

Hartwig Schafer |

Under the Citizens' Charter Program, thousands of Afghan women have seized the opportunity to shape the lives of millions of their fellow citizens by playing an active role in local…

Saleh Mohammad Samit, Muhammad Najib Amiri |

Afghanistan is facing a rapid increase in poverty and hardship due to the impacts of the coronavirus. World Bank analysis suggests that Afghanistan's poverty rate may increase from 55 percent…

Hartwig Schafer |

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 |

Women’s low ownership of national identity documents is a critical gender gap in Afghanistan. The World Bank, in collaboration with the Government of Afghanistan, aims to reduce this gap.

Talajeh Livani, Sarah Haddock |

Despite this commendable progress, and notwithstanding the Afghan government’s commitment to improving human capital in recent years, Afghanistan still has long ways to go to realize its full…

Henry G. Kerali |

When President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani first took office in 2014, one of his top priorities was the overhaul of Afghanistan's public procurement to ensure public contracts be awarded and…

Ahmad Shah Naqshbandi |

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 |

This week, global development experts focused on strengthening supply chains to protect the safe development and delivery of future COVID-19 vaccines, and the importance of civil society and non-…

Priyanka Ripley |

This week, President Malpass reiterated the World Bank’s support to over 100 countries in their emergency health responses.

Priyanka Ripley |