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 ...

Make in India: Which exports can drive the next wave of growth? Structural transformation depends not only on how much countries export but also on what they export and with whom they trade. In my new IMF working paper with Rahul Anand and Kalpana Kochhar, we break new grounds in analyzing India’s exports by the technological content, quality, sophistication, and complexity of India’s export basket. The paper can be found here. Here ...

The tyranny of the kitchen spoon for Sri Lanka’s women Sri Lankan woman washing dishes. Credit: Simone D. McCourtie/World Bank A common Sri Lankan proverb states that a woman’s wisdom only extends to the length of the kitchen spoon’s handle. With near universal female lower secondary school completion, and more girls than boys receiving tertiary education, the knowledge of Sri Lankan females has clearly moved beyond the length of the ...

The growing role of women in disaster risk management Women community leaders. Photo Credit: World Bank Women are seen in their traditional role of home-makers, but might their ability to take on managerial roles in disaster risk management be underestimated?   As part of the India Disaster Risk Management team, I travelled on the “Road2Resilience” bus journey along the entire coast of India. Along with the team’s mission ...

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