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How can women in apparel-exporting nations transition from jobs to careers?

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To build a stronger #OneSouthAsia, we help improve economic connectivity, climate resilience, and human capital.

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Breathing Uneasy: Regional Responses to Air Pollution

India, Pakistan officials agree regional cooperation needed

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Eastern Waterways Grid is a win for Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal

600 million people to benefit from improved links to coastal ports

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Will a COVID-19 survival strategy permanently change Nepal's tourism industry?

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South Asia needs to speak with 1 voice at UN climate talks

Is India ready to work with neighbors to develop united view on emissions?

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A healthy Indian Ocean protects and connects South Asians

Pollution, marine resources, shipping security need regional cooperation

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Cross-border business investments can boost COVID-19 recovery

Nov. 22, 2021 - Governments can help the private sector create jobs by easing restrictions on investments so companies can open trade offices, build manufacturing plants, and license services in a neighboring country. Also needed are industry meetings and transboundary women’s networks -- interventions that are low cost and high impact. A new report describes how a handful of firms such as Sri Lanka's Brandix, Pakistan's Soorty Enterprises, Nepal's CG Foods, and India’s Taj Hotels overcame barriers to expand across borders within the region.

Regional climate roadmap focuses on transport, food and water, cities

Oct. 28, 2021 - Cross-border cooperation to share data and expertise is part of the World Bank's climate change roadmap for South Asia. The plan aims to integrate adaptation into most development work and decouple the region's future economic growth from greenhouse gas emissions.

6 reasons to blame plastic pollution for climate change

Nov. 9, 2021 - The entire life cycle of plastics -- from oil extraction to plastic production to dumping and burning discarded waste -- contribute to climate change. Many of the indirect impacts are not visible.


Digital and other services are key to jobs and growth in South Asia

Oct. 7, 2021 - Jobs in digital and business services can fuel South Asia's economic growth. But policies are needed to attract more foreign direct investment in services because FDI accounts for only 14% of regional GDP -- far below the global average of 41%. The lag is due to foreign investors’ concerns about trade barriers and poor infrastructure.


Technology and data governance can build human capital

Sept. 16, 2021 - A #OneSouthAsia Conversation explored how rapid advances in digital platforms, AI, Big Data, and other technology can improve social services throughout South Asia. Equally important is for the region to work together on policies that narrow the digital divide and establish data governance rules to protect privacy.


Now boarding: A virtual flight to explore South Asia Water Initiative work

August 27, 2021 - Join our virtual trip to learn about the South Asia Water Initiative's decade of work with transboundary river basin management, flood forecasting, pollution control, climate change resilience, and more. No masks required for this trip!

South Asia's dirty air makes breathing hazardous to health

July 27, 2021 - A #OneSouthAsia Conversation explored how regional collaboration can curb air pollution that that exceeds WHO health guidelines in 95% of the region.

Dirty air speeds up Himalaya glacier melt, threatens downstream rivers

June 21, 2021 - Soot emissions from home cooking stoves and brick-making kilns are accelerating the melting of Himalaya glaciers. A new report estimates the impact downstream on the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra.

Stronger Bangladesh-India transport can boost national incomes of both

March 10, 2021 - Full transport integration between Bangladesh and India would cut shipping costs and reduce delays, boosting the national incomes of both countries. Panelists at a #OneSouthAsia Conversation said political will is needed to advance transport connectivity and simplify requirements for goods to move across the border.


Waterways connect BBIN nations to move people and goods

March 17, 2021 - The Eastern Waterways Grid links the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and coastal shipping lanes and will help move goods and people among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal.

COVID propels South Asian women entrepreneurs into digital economy

March 9, 2021 - A #OneSouthAsia Conversation explored how some women entrepreneurs have bounced back from the economic blow of COVID-19 by adopting new business models and reaching across borders for new markets.

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, and the following trust funds:


VIDEO Mar 17, 2021

Eastern Waterways Grid connects people, products in BBIN subregion

The Eastern Waterways Grid is an economic corridor of rivers and coastal shipping connecting Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal. Cecile Fruman, the World Bank's director of regional integration and engagement for South Asia, describes the project and its benefits for over 600 million people in the region.


VIDEO Jun 30, 2021

SAWI portfolio: Flood risk, climate resilience, pollution and more

During its 12-year span, the South Asia Water Initiative focused on improving cross-border management of the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra river basins that are home to nearly 1 billion people. The SAWI trust fund was supported by the governments of Australia, Norway, and UK.

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Cecile Fruman
Regional Integration and Engagement - South Asia