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Regional cooperation supports South Asia's resilient recovery

World Bank's regional work in South Asia prioritizes connectivity, resilience, and human development.

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Region-wide survey on COVID impact

Data collected from 43,000 in 8 countries

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Disaster management for all

South Asian initiative offers tools and support for social inclusion

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COVID-19 highlights need to digitize trade paperwork in South Asia

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Regional collaboration can help South Asia rebuild tourism

Sharing data, promoting multi-stop itineraries can strengthen sector

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Western Bangladesh on the road to becoming transit hub

Highway project will help build regional hub and bridge to SE Asia

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South Asia launches initiative to fight plastic pollution

By 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish if global plastic production rate continues at 300 million tons annually.

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Ensuring food security and nutrition in South Asia during COVID-19

Lessons from the South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (SAFANSI) can help address pandemic-related food issues.

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South Asia shows new spirit of collaboration to fight COVID-19 pandemic

The region's eight nations coordinate responses and pool resources

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Can e-commerce drive trade in South Asia?

South Asia e-commerce would rise by at least 20 percent if constraints such as inadequate logistics, payments restrictions, and digital regulations were addressed.

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One South Asia Priority Areas



Extreme weather events do not respect national borders. Regional collaboration helps communities build resilience to drought, floods, cyclones, and climate change.



A regional system to share and trade electricity offers global climate benefits. A single, interconnected market also creates economies of scale.



Intraregional trade accounts for barely 5 percent of South Asia’s total trade, compared to 25 percent in ASEAN. Removing non-tariff barriers can cut shipping costs and create jobs.



Regional cooperation to manage the shared Himalayan river systems in South Asia can deliver sustainable, fair, and inclusive development, and climate resilience.



Improved border crossing procedures can reduce delays in transporting people and goods across the region. Modern roads and more use of inland waterways can also help.


Greater regional connectivity can help South Asia recover from COVID-19 by boosting economic growth, creating jobs, and reducing poverty. 

One South Asia encompasses the work we do with the following partners, among others, to build stronger regional links for climate resilience, energy, trade, transport, transboundary water management, and investments in human development.


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