This report highlights that the region faces enormous challenges in addressing inequalities in reproductive health of poor women, and focuses on the risks they face. This phenomenon perpetuates an inter-generational cycle of poverty.

This background report on how developing countries are coping with the economic crisis, was prepared by the World Bank for Ministers at the upcoming G20 meeting in London. The sharp global contraction is affecting both advanced and developing countries.

This publication analyzes the financial performance of banks in South Asia between 2001 and 2006 utilizing standardized indicators. These measures are important for achieving financial inclusion to reduce poverty, as limitations are key constraints to development.

This study reviews regulatory instruments designed to reduce environmental externalities from the transport sector. The study finds that the main regulatory instruments used in practice are fuel economy standards, vehicle emission standards, and fuel quality standards.

In the hard-rock terrains of Peninsular India groundwater resource management cannot be generally achieved through policy and regulatory actions by government, given the extremely large numbers of individually small users and the limited institutional capacity which needs to be focused on that small proportion of critical aquifers at risk of irreversible degradation.

This report analyzes the access, service quality, operational efficiency, and tariff levels of more than 65 large water PPP projects (representing more than 100 million people) over 15 years in different regions. Its goal is to contribute to a better understanding of how to tackle the many challenges of providing water and sanitation services to urban populations in the developing world.

In developing countries, the progress of large populations is held up because of a lack of access to the energy required for long-term economic and social development. This past year has seen dramatic volatility in oil prices. Volatile energy prices are impacting energy security, balance of payments, inflation, and economic growth.

In the midst of the most severe global financial crisis in decades, the World Bank today urged the international community to look to Latin America for innovative solutions to avert a climate crisis.

This report offers an original perspective on HIV and AIDS as a development issue in South Asia, a region with a heterogeneous epidemic and estimated national HIV prevalence rates of up to 0.5 percent. The analysis challenges the common perception of HIV and AIDS, which has been shaped to a large extent by analysis of HIV and AIDS in regions with much higher prevalence rates.

To achieve efficacy in scale up efforts, different approaches are likely to be appropriate for different countries and interventions.

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