As part of World Bank South Asia's "What Will It Take to End Gender-Based Violence" campaign, we invited Prabu Deepan to blog about his ideas as the co-founder of the Stitch Movement in Sri Lanka. Join Deepan for a live chat on Tuesday, March 5 at 4:00 p.m. Sri Lanka time. Location: facebook.com/worldbanksrilanka. Gender norms and stereotypes not only affect ...

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

Video Platform Video Management Video Solutions Video Player The recent gang rape in India alarmed all countries in South Asia. A 23-year-old woman was gang-raped by five men on a bus in New Delhi. Some of the offenders had jobs (bus driver and assistant gym instructor) and one was a juvenile. The victim failed to survive the trauma. This incident ...

Engaging Youth via New Media: Beyond 'Clicktivism' 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 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 ...

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

Building an Ecosystem for Social Entrepreneurship in Rural Livelihoods 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 ...

It’s Not OK! Every day, children over the world are molested, raped, abused, and killed. Who is responsible? We all are, as parents, teachers, prominent personalities, journalists, neighbors, politicians, religious figures, men and women of this world; we are all responsible, including and especially those of us who have decided to be silent observers of the horrible news we see in the media. ...

Enhancing Service Delivery in Conflict Contexts: Lessons from South Asia More than 1.5 billion people today reside in countries affected by violence and conflict, most - if not all - of which also suffer from inadequate and poor access to basic services. By 2030, it is estimated that about 40 percent of the world’s poor will be living in such environments, where each consecutive year of organized violence will ...

Kalpana Kochhar In our blog post last November, we discussed Pakistan’s decision to grant India most favored nation (MFN) status. We were hopeful about the gains from easier trade between the two, but noted the many stumbling blocks in between. In the past 20 weeks, both countries have made serious efforts to address these blocks. Things are looking good. Here is an update. read more

Bridging the Gender Gap: Empowering India’s Female Entrepreneurs A quiet revolution has been sweeping the Indian political landscape. Last year, the reservation (quota) for women in panchayats — rural local self-government — was increased to at least 50 percent, bringing women into the political fold in vast numbers. However, economic empowerment may not have kept pace with political empowerment. When it comes to female labor force participation, gender ...

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