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 ...

Afghanistan debt - when words get lost in translation Photo Credit: Rumi Consultancy/World Bank One of the many successful fiscal initiatives implemented in Afghanistan was the HIPC, the Highly Indebted Poor Country program, a joint IMF–World Bank effort to reduce the public debt of poor countries. We called this the forgiveness of debt. At an early stage in this work I had to meet with a senior Afghan ...

Nepal:  from relief to reconstruction Keshav’s house (left) and his mother’s house (right), before the earthquake In Nepal’s hamlets and villages, in the first days following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25, families sheltered under crude lean-tos, made of whatever relatively waterproof materials they had to hand. Keshav Thapa Magar, who lives with his wife, son and two daughters on the southeastern edge ...

Nepal one month after the earthquake Kathmandu after the first earthquake It has been a month since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Nepal on April 25. What happened next? Having experienced a real threat of death, many survivors manifested avoidance (“I don’t want to talk about it!”), hyper-vigilance (“What’s that noise? Is the ground moving?”), intrusive thoughts (“What if the next big one may ...

Bangladesh: The challenges of living in a delta country Deltas are often described as cradles of civilization. They are the testing grounds for early agriculture and the birthplace of hydraulic engineering as we attempted to shape the landscape to suit our needs. Deltas are the unique result of the interaction of rivers and tidal processes resulting in the largest sedimentary deposits in the world. Although comprising only 5% ...

Shaping a procurement plan for emergencies Volunteers unload relief materials in Nepal. Credits: Johannes Zutt/ The World Bank Nepal is coping with the consequences of a disastrous earthquake. During the next months the government will be under a lot of pressure to respond quickly to the needs of the population. Public procurement units across the country will also feel this pressure. They will be deciding ...

Virtual Classrooms Foster Medical Education and Research in Bangladesh Prof. Laila Banu (center) and Next Generation Sequencer (left) in her laboratoryBangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) is a leading post-graduate medical institution and the only medical university in Bangladesh. It plays a unique role in enhancing the quality of medical education and research. BSMMU is one of the largest beneficiaries of the Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) under the ...

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