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#OneSouthAsia Conversations

Feb 29, 2024

Good Neighbors: Connecting People and Ideas across Borders

Our 18th #OneSouthAsia Conversation was held in partnership with the India International Center, New Delhi, where we brought together prominent South Asian voices to discuss ways to strengthen people-to-people connectivity and ideas across borders. This Conversation builds on our report, Good Neighbours: Advancing Regional Integration, Cooperation and Engagement in South Asia, which showcases successful cross-border stories that promote understanding, trust, and people-to-people contacts. This is the recorded version of the panel discussion.

Nov 09, 2023

Harnessing Transboundary Rivers

South Asia is home to 1/4th of the global population, but only accounts for 4% of the world's annual renewable water resources. It is estimated that by 2050 between 1.5 to 1.7 billion people in the region will be exposed to water scarcity. With these projections and challenges, regional cooperation and collaborative transboundary water management is critical. Our Conversation brought together stakeholders from the region to discuss what will it take to build a stronger regional transboundary water collaboration—what are the benefits, opportunities, and challenges to it?

Jul 20, 2023

Advancing Higher Education Cooperation in South Asia

Our 16th #OneSouthAsia Conversation focused on exploring opportunities for collaboration in the higher education sector in South Asia. The event brought together policymakers and practitioners from the region to discuss the challenges and benefits of working together in areas including research, innovation, knowledge exchange, peer review and quality assurance. The Conversation built on our latest report Regional Integration for Higher Education Development: Options for the South Asia Region.

Apr 27, 2023

Women in Regional Trade in South Asia

Our 15th #OneSouthAsia Conversation explores ways to bridge gender gaps in intraregional trade and entrepreneurship in South Asia and lays out pathways that will further integrate women in economic growth across the region. It focuses on opportunities and impediments to more inclusive trade and businesses, with a spotlight on cross-border approaches and how women’s participation can be strengthened.

Jan 19, 2023

Striving for Clean Air in South Asia

The 14th OneSouthAsia Conversation focused on collaborative action needed across countries in South Asia, particularly of the Indo Gangetic Plain, to tackle air pollution. The conversation brought together a panel of representatives from governments of the Indo-Gangetic Plain and was held in partnership with the Centre of Excellence for Research in Climate Change and Air Pollution, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.

Oct 31, 2022

Resilient Together: Managing Disaster and Climate Risks in South Asia

The 13th OneSouthAsia Conversation focused on collective action and collaboration needed across countries in South Asia to adapt and build resilience to climate-related disasters and challenges.

Jul 28, 2022

Deepening Linkages between South Asia and Southeast Asia

The 12th #OneSouthAsia Conversation, explored the potentials and constraints of greater economic collaboration between South Asia and Southeast Asia. It built on the World Bank's latest analysis on Deepening Linkages between South Asia and Southeast Asia, which explores new approaches to revitalize trade and economic links between the two regions, focusing on areas like digital, environmental goods, and services.

May 23, 2022

Innovate and Mitigate: Emerging Solutions for Climate Resilience in South ...

South Asia is among the most vulnerable regions to climate risks. More than half of all South Asians, or 750 million people, were affected by one or more climate-related disasters in the last two decades. The 11th OneSouthAsia Conversation focused on the ways South Asian countries can leverage innovation and technologies to build climate resilience and collaborative cross-border solutions.

Mar 29, 2022

Connecting across Borders: South Asia's Digital Opportunity

South Asian countries can tap the immense digital potential with better infrastructure, improved digital skills, enhanced digital inclusion and protection. Also, more can be done to unlock opportunities by improving access to capacity and connecting currently disadvantaged landlocked countries; boosting cross-border digital payments cross border data flows.

Jan 31, 2022

Regional Power Trade: Toward a Green, Clean, and Energy-secure South Asia

The nascent power trade among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal is poised to expand as nations harmonize energy policies, hydropower and transmission plans, technical specifications, and commercial requirements. A #OneSouthAsia Conversation explored the benefits and challenges ahead.

Nov 22, 2021

Path to Recovery: Embracing Intraregional Investments in South Asia

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 transboundary industry meetings and women’s networks -- low-cost actions with high impact.

Sep 16, 2021

Harnessing Technology to Build Human Capital in South Asia

Rapid advances in digital platforms, AI, Big Data, and other technology offer ways to improve social services and job opportunities throughout South Asia. A key step is for the region to work together on policies that narrow the digital divide and set data governance protections for all.

Jul 27, 2021

Breathing Uneasy: Regional Response to Air Pollution in South Asia

About 95 percent of South Asians are breathing air that fails international safety standards. Dirty air from brick kilns, wood stoves, vehicles, and industrial plants blows across national boundaries and requires a collaborative response.

May 05, 2021

Turning the Tide on Marine Plastics in South Asia

Plastic pollution is choking the major rivers and seas of South Asia, affecting the health and livelihoods of 2 billion people. The World Bank is working with all eight nations to build a circular economy for plastic and find innovative substitutes for its use.

Mar 10, 2021

Connecting to Thrive: Transport Integration in South Asia

Seamless Bangladesh-India transport links can boost national incomes, speed up shipments, and cut costs, benefitting millions. Steps needed include simplifying border procedures, adding multimodal options, and fully adopting the 2015 Motor Vehicles Agreement.

Jan 29, 2021

Pivoting in a Pandemic: Women Entrepreneurs Tap Regional Opportunities

South Asia has the lowest rate of women entrepreneurs among global regions. To rebuild after COVID-19, South Asia needs women-led businesses to drive innovative services and products, create jobs, and close gender gaps.

Nov 23, 2020

Feeding South Asia in Times of Crisis

The pandemic pushed food prices up 10% in South Asia. Regional cooperation can help stabilize food supplies by easing trade barriers and managing climate change impacts on crop production.

Sep 02, 2020

How Can Regional Cooperation Support South Asia's COVID-19 Recovery?

Regional cooperation to find solutions to shared problems can help South Asia rebuild after COVID-19. Intraregional trade, for instance, is only one-third of its potential with an estimated gap of $23 billion.

#OneSouthAsia Conversations explore ideas for regional cooperation in economic connectivity, climate resilience, and human development

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Cecile Fruman
Director, Regional Integration and Engagement - South Asia

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