Bhutan's Gross National Happiness (GNH) and the World Bank The concept of “Gross National Happiness” has been long discussed, debated, understated, overstated or seen as a gimmick. Now what is really Gross National Happiness? And how does the World Bank engagement fit in it? Let’s look into it together in an attempt to de-mystify the concept into what it really is, which is: a vision, broad policy directions ...

Powering up Central and South Asia A new electricity transmission system CASA-1000 will enable countries in Central Asia to transfer and sell their electricity surplus to countries in South Asia. Photo credit: World Bank The opening ceremonies in Dushanbe, Tajikistan starting Wednesday for construction works on the CASA-1000 project mark an important milestone. The project could bring a trade in sustainable electricity between Central and South Asia; address ...

Measuring the economic potential of Indian districts India’s geography of economic potential As anyone who has travelled around the country will testify, India is marked by glaring spatial disparities in well-being. On the one hand, New Delhi is relatively prosperous, and if you visit the recently renovated Connaught Place, you will find not only a bustling outdoor market, but also designer shops, upmarket restaurants and a gleaming ...

Higher education for the 21st century in action The graduating class of the University of Moratuwa’s Department of Textile and Clothing Technology. Photo Credit: Isuru Udara Imagine a school that teaches knowledge and provides hands-on training. A place where students express confidence in their skills, and are excited to make a difference in their future jobs. A bastion of confidence and optimism, where 100% of graduating students have ...

The Nepal Earthquakes of 2015: One Year On Nepal Earthquakes: One Year Anniversary One year ago today, the first in a series of massive earthquakes rocked Nepal. Nearly 9 thousand people lost their lives in the disaster. Over 20 thousand people were injured – many critically. As many as 450 aftershocks have shook the country since. In all, the earthquakes upended the lives of 8 million Nepalis ...

Nepal: Bridging the Accountability Gap, one Village at a Time Reforms in public financial management have been impressive, but beyond the district level, it is still difficult to track collection of public resources and public expenditure. Most villages in Nepal, immersed in beauty, also struggle with poverty, lack of basic infrastructure and weak service delivery. Then there are those which have been additionally affected by the April/May 2015 earthquakes ...

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