South Asia Working Papers
The ADB South Asia Working Paper Series is a forum for ongoing and recently completed research and policy studies undertaken in ADB or on its behalf. The series is meant to enhance greater understanding of current important economic and development issues in South Asia, promote policy dialogue among stakeholders, and facilitate reforms and development management.
Technology Framework for India’s Road Freight Transport: Compliance and Enforcement Architecture Reform
This paper discusses an alternative technology-based reform model for enforcement agencies with regulatory mandates on on-road movement and conveyance of cargo in India to help improve the efficiency of domestic trade facilitation.
The Female Secondary Stipend and Assistance Program in Bangladesh: What Did It Accomplish?
This paper examines the impact of Female Secondary School Stipend and Assistance Program (FSSAP) in Bangladesh along with its effects on socioeconomic outcomes and demography.
Tuberculosis Control Measures in Urban India: Strengthening Delivery of Comprehensive Primary Health Services
This paper analyzes the magnitude of tuberculosis (TB) transmission and the quality of interventions in India’s urban areas and migrant populations. This paper offers actionable recommendations for TB elimination in India by 2025.
Maldives Macroeconomic Forecasting: A Component-Driven Quarterly Bayesian Vector Autoregression Approach
This study aims to build an efficient small-scale macroeconomic forecasting tool for Maldives using Bayesian vector autoregression estimations to circumvent the "curse of dimensionality" and constraints to analyzing and organizing data.
Drivers and Benefits of Enhancing Participation in Global Value Chains: Lessons for India
This paper explores how global value chains (GVCs) can aid India’s development outcomes across primary, manufacturing, and services sectors, drawing from the Asian Development Bank’s Multiregional Input–Output Database.
Measuring the Impact of West Bengal Drinking Water Sector Improvement Project: A Baseline Study
This paper analyzes the impact of a project intended to provide safe, sustainable, and inclusive drinking water to over 1.65 million people in West Bengal’s Bankura, North and South 24 Parganas, and Purba Medinipur districts.
Analyzing the Welfare-Improving Potential of Land Pooling in Thimphu City, Bhutan: Lessons Learned from ADB’s Experience
This paper presents an empirical and spatial analysis on how welfare gains are realized in a land pooling scheme in four ADB-financed local area plans in Thimphu City, Bhutan.
Economic Impact Analysis of Improved Connectivity in Nepal
This study analyzes the economic impact of ongoing and future infrastructure development projects in Nepal as the country aims to strengthen international connectivity under the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation framework.
A Study on the Prospect of Hydropower to Hydrogen in Nepal
This paper explores the prospect of deploying hydrogen to address shortage of electricity and fuel supply in Nepal. It serves as a baseline for opportunities in countries with abundant renewable resources and facing energy-related challenges.
Land Pooling in Nepal: From Planned Urban "Islands" to City Transformation
This paper assesses the outcomes of land pooling projects in Nepal and draws on examples from other Asian countries for a better understanding of how institutional capacities for land pooling vary and evolve.