What does art have to do with technology? How youth in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are linking to the creative economy and curating culture  Join us at the Art Tech Festival in Peshawar! Register to attend on the website: http://www.arttechfestival.com/ What does art have to do with technology? Just ask Mahoor Jamal, a fashion illustrator and portrait artist from Peshawar, who uses Instagram—an online photo site—to showcase her work and connect ...

Four critical ingredients that Pakistan needs to rev up its economy and realize its potential Economic Growth in Pakistan is expected to accelerate from 4.0% in 2014 to 4.5% in 2016. What are some reasons for this moderate improvement and how could it unlock its potential to grow even faster in the future so that more of its people can benefit from and contribute to greater prosperity?How is Pakistan doing? There has been an ...

What can South Asian cities learn from Colombia's Medellin? Details matter for inclusion The Metro Cable in Medellin has facilitated greater access to mobility, services, and opporunities through connecting poorer neighborhoods with facilities and services throughout the city. Joe Qian/World Bank Cities are created for human experiences and not for satellites in the sky. So why are there so many cities that while look impressive on a map, exclude ...

More than dust in Delhi The smog over Delhi. Photo credit: Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier / Creative Commons Urbanization provides the countries of South Asia with the opportunity to transform their economies to join the ranks of richer nations. But to reap the benefits of urbanization, nations must address the challenges it poses. Growing urban populations put pressure on a city’s infrastructure; they increase the demand ...

Digital highways to loop South Asia together The 21st century world lives on optical fibers, and with an active base of 1.49 billion monthly users, Facebook would today be the most populous country in the world. The digital revolution presents an opportunity to transcend geographical borders toward greater regional integration in South Asia. And youth, empowered by internet and the smartphone, can override traditional boundaries and ...

In a snap: What the World Bank is doing in South Asia Afghan woman in factory. Credit: World Bank Need to know how sustained infrastructure investments could boost Bangladesh’s economy? How the delay in implementing key reforms on the domestic front, a weak trade performance and the recent slowdown in rural wage growth pose risks to growth in India? Or how Pakistan could achieve sustained and inclusive growth through reforms in ...

Why climate change is an existential threat to the Bangladesh Delta In the second in this series of blogs, we highlighted the need to introduce adaptive delta management to the Bangladesh delta. The reason—to manage the long-term risks facing the Delta by investing in adaptive and flexible, short-term activities. The most striking need for this approach is climate change, which unchecked will undermine Bangladesh’s many development gains.

Livability is an economic imperative for cities Sarbamati Riverfront Development before Sarbamati Riverfront development after Robert Solow once said: “Livability is not a middle-class luxury, it is an economic imperative.” But how related are livability and economic development? Furthermore, how can we define and measure livability? Recently as part of the South Asia Urbanization Flagship Report, Leveraging Urbanization in South Asia: Managing Spatial Transformation for Prosperity ...

“Livability is an Economic Imperative.” Sarbamati Riverfront Development before Sarbamati Riverfront development after Robert Solow once said: “Livability is not a middle-class luxury, it is an economic imperative.” But how related are livability and economic development? Furthermore, how can we define and measure livability? Recently as part of the South Asia Urbanization Flagship Report, Leveraging Urbanization in South Asia: Managing Spatial Transformation for Prosperity ...

How to improve safety for Bangladeshi migrants? A courtyard session of the SMBW Project.  A brand new HiAce van plying on a muddy village road? A LED television in a remote village that barely has electricity? Concrete cottages quickly replacing earthen ones? You very likely are in a Bangladeshi village that has many residents working hard in the Gulf, far away from their families. The effects ...

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