How India and Nepal are paving the way for greater regional integration

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Power lines in Nepal. Credit: David Waldorf This blog is part of the series #OneSouthAsia exploring how South Asia can become a more integrated, thus more economically dynamic region. The blog series is a  lead up to the South Asia Economic Conclave, an event dedicated to deepening existing economic links through policy and investments in regional businesses. Development practitioners often paint two faces of South Asia. ...

Nepal one month after the earthquake

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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 ...

“Are You Kidding Me?“ Surprises on my Return Visit to Gujarat After Six Years

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A few weeks ago, I travelled to Gujarat to attend the project launch workshop for the second Gujarat State Highway Project (GSHP-II). It is a return visit to Gujarat after my last visit in 2008. I was the task team leader for the first Gujarat State Highway Project (GSHP) during 2005-2008, so I knew the state quite well and ...

Imagine a South Asia without borders

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Cranes in Bangladesh Harbor. Credit: Eric Nora / The World BankThis blog is part of the series #OneSouthAsia exploring how South Asia can become a more integrated, thus more economically dynamic region. The blog series is a  lead up to the South Asia Economic Conclave, an event dedicated to deepening existing economic links through policy and investments in regional businesses.Imagine a South Asia without borders. People, ...

Nepal needs your support

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Saurav Rana/World Bank By now, all of you must have heard of the massive earthquake and numerous aftershocks that have shaken Nepal over the last few days. As I am writing this, there is another tremor, 36 hours after the initial quake.                 I am lucky that my family is safe. We have been fortunate. The majority of the ...

Engaging Youth via New Media: Beyond 'Clicktivism'

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As part of World Bank South Asia's "What Will It Take to End Gender-Based Violence" campaign, we invited Sachini Perera to blog about her work with Women and Media Collective (WMC) in Sri Lanka. Join Perera for a live chat on Friday, March 1 at 2:30 p.m. Sri Lanka time. Location:facebook.com/worldbanksrilanka. I often notice young women’s and men’s lack of ...

In Search of India’s Smart Cities

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Author’s illustration “Smart Cities” have become the buzzwords in India ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi outlined his vision for creating a series (a hundred, to be exact) of Smart Cities in India. Since then, there have been many debates to unpack, understand and define the Smart City. “Smart Cities” joins the long list of many other often overused city ...

In Bangladesh, a STEP closer to job opportunities

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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 ...

Imagining our Future Together: A Call for South Asia Artists to Share Your Art!

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Are you a South Asian artist from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka and born after 1974? You are invited to share examples of your work for the exhibition South Asia Artists: Imagining Our Future Together. Imagining our Future Together is a juried group exhibition that will be on display in Colombo, Dhaka, Islamabad, New Delhi ...

Dreams and Questions

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Thenmoli wants her daughter, Vijayalakshmi, to become a doctor. Photo: Samik Das “I wanted to become a doctor,” Thenmoli said. Her whisper echoed in the room which instantly fell silent. “There was no way even to get started when I was little.” Thenmoli pointed at her daughter, “Vijayalakshmi wants to become a doctor. She is only three. I will ...

4,100 Pakistani share their aspirations—and ambitions— for their country

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​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 ...

Building an Ecosystem for Social Entrepreneurship in Rural Livelihoods

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Social Entrepreneurs: the Government of Bihar wants to partner with you!   Traditionally, both government and the private sector have struggled to reach remote and poverty stricken parts of India, especially eastern states such as Bihar. Even social entrepreneurs and civil society organizations struggle to apply their innovations because of poor reach and lack of absorption,. However, Jeevika, a ...