Crossing the Hindukush mountains in Afghanistan Panoramic view of the Salang Pass in Afghanistan. Credit: World Bank The Afghan Government takes full ownership of a new project to rehabilitate the Salang Pass Highway If you had travelled along the silk route to Afghanistan over a hundred years ago, your caravan would have encountered some formidable mountain terrain. Crossing the treacherous icy passes was one of ...

In a globalized economy, possessing the right set of skills is critical and determines one’s life opportunities and successes. Since 2010, the Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP) has helped underprivileged citizens in Bangladesh acquire new skills to improve their job prospects. Through STEP, the Government of Bangladesh has enhanced access and quality of technical education and training, especially for ...

4,100 Pakistanis share their aspirations — and ambitions — for their country ​Economic and social development should not be left to economists and specialists only. This message is manifested in “Window of Opportunity,” a video highlighting the ambitions and goals of the World Bank’s 2015-19 Country Partnership Strategy in Pakistan. Truck drivers, entrepreneurs, doctors, teachers and thousands of other citizens from Pakistan shared their ideas and helped identify opportunities and challenges ...

4,100 Pakistani share their aspirations—and ambitions— for their country ​Economic and social development should not be left to economists and specialists only. This message is manifested in “Window of Opportunity,” a video highlighting the ambitions and goals of the World Bank’s 2015-19 Country Partnership Strategy in Pakistan. Truck drivers, entrepreneurs, doctors, teachers and thousands of other citizens from Pakistan shared their ideas and helped identify opportunities and challenges ...

What will it take to realize Pakistan’s potential? Meeting with beneficiaries of the Benazir Income Support Programme in Lahore, Pakistan. As Pakistan readies to celebrate its independence day, we can all feel satisfied about progress in restoring macroeconomic stability, but should also realise that the country can and should do much better. Pakistan has many assets, of which it can make better use — from its vast ...

Nepal post-earthquake response: It’s time to roll up our sleeves Relief workers in the town of Sankhu in the Kathmandu Valley, June 2015. Credit: Yann Doignon / World Bank It has been exactly three months since the Nepal earthquake first struck and one month since the donor conference. The humanitarian phase is nearing its end, the international presence is starting to move onto the next crisis, and high level ...

Nepal: hope and resilience prevail in shelter camps Nobody remembers an earthquake or a disaster this severe in their living memory. Aftershocks continue three months after the first earthquake, reminding survivors of their fragile, transitory existence. The scale of destruction is enormous, the remains visible even after efforts to clean, rebuild, and resettle. Gaping cracks in abandoned buildings waiting to collapse, tents in fields and pavements, parked ...

In recent years, there has been growing demand by cities to create viable public spaces within and for slums. Cities recognize the multitude of benefits that public spaces provide including: Centers for social interaction and cultural expression; Drivers of economic development and wealth creation; Improved health, accessibility and safety; Environmental sustainability;

Five Lessons of Regional Integration from Asia, America, and Africa 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 including energy cooperation and intra-regional investment, to name a few.  After carefully examining cases of regional integration in Southeast Asia, the Americas and Africa, we present five lessons for South Asia.Lesson 1: Facilitate trade ...

Access and equity in technical skills enhances dignity among youth Students of Computer Engineering Department receiving training “I am proud today to have acquired technical skills to get an edge in a constantly changing global job market. In 2014, I was lucky to get the chance to participate in the skills competition organized by Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP). After a month of hard-work, I was the winner. This ...

South Asia should prepare now for the next disaster About 9,000 lives have been lost to the devastating earthquake in Nepal on April 25 and the powerful aftershock on May 12. A conference in Kathmandu on June 25 will bring Nepal together with its international partners to build the country back better and safer. Unfortunately, this is not just a Nepal challenge. From Afghanistan to Bangladesh, much of ...

Why women should lead Nepal’s recovery Nepali women listening to an official. Photo credit: World Bank This post was originally published on Time Women have lost the most—and they have the most to lose On April 25 and May 12, Nepal was hit by devastating earthquakes. As of June 8, there have been more than 8,700 deaths, and more than 22,000 injuries, according to government data. More than ...

In Afghanistan, new technologies for doing business in the 21th century The Enterprise System is handed over to Hashim Naeem Tailoring Company and its employees, Parwan, Afghanistan Sail Food Production Company is one of the largest food manufacturing factory in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. Despite countless hours spent on manual bookkeeping, its owner always complained about errors when reporting profits and losses on the company’s balance sheets. At the close of ...

Deltas Drained: Dealing with population migration in Bangladesh   Delta regions constitute only 5% of the land area but are home to more than 500 million people. The proportion of deltas susceptible to flooding is projected to further increase, thus affecting negatively the livelihoods of local populations, in particular farmer communities. Recently, the International Council for Science (ICSU) endorsed the Global Sustainable Deltas Initiative (SD2015). The objective ...

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