Advancing regional cooperation
The World Bank's Regional Integration, Cooperation, and Engagement work supports regional activities in South Asia to promote economic connectivity, climate change resilience, and human development. All three can create jobs and fight poverty.
Our approach focuses on transboundary issues in South Asia such as energy, trade, transport, water management, climate change adaptation, and women's economic empowerment. We work with other World Bank teams, partners, with generous support from UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, who fund the following programs:
- Program for Asia Connectivity and Trade
- Program for Asia Resilience to Climate Change
- Resilient Asia Program
- South Asia Regional Trade Facilitation Program
- South Asia Regional Infrastructure Connectivity
The South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI), a multi-donor trust fund supported by the United Kingdom, Australia, and Norway, and administered by the World Bank, closed in June 2021 after more than a decade of work to increase regional cooperation in managing major Himalayan river systems and building climate resilience.