Improving Electricity Access for Low-Income Households in Zambia

In 2015, the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA) approved a US$4.95 million grant to increase access to grid-based electricity services for 22,000 low-income households and 5,000 micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in urban and peri-urban areas through use of targeted subsidies, with…

Date: 2018

Type: Lessons Learned

Tags: Energy

Expanding Electricity to Low-Income Customers in Liberia

In 2011, GPOBA provided a grant to the local power utility, Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), to ensure broad-based and inclusive access to electricity and significantly improve living conditions among the poor in low-income households in Monrovia. This project was part of a larger…

Date: 2018

Type: Lessons Learned

Tags: Energy

Output-Based Aid for Municipal Solid Waste Management in Nepal

The project was implemented in five municipalities -- Dhankuta, Ghorahi, Lalitpur, Pokhara, and Tansen -- which met certain operating and maintenance requirements. The project aimed to build upon the municipalities’ existing systems and make them more sustainable, rather than developing new…

Date: 2018

Type: Lessons Learned

Tags: Solid Waste Management

Uganda Grid-Based Output-Based Aid Project

The OBA facility supported provision of over 105,000 grid connections for poor households (525,000 residents) in urban, peri-urban, and rural areas, representing about 10 percent of new connections country-wide from 2013–2016.

The GPOBA grant, which was fully utilized four months before…

Date: 2017

Type: Lessons Learned

Tags: Energy

Decentralized Electricity for Universal Access in Bolivia

The GPOBA project, which was approved in 2007, built on the experience of the Infrastructure for Rural Transformation (IDTR) project. It was comprised of grants totaling $5.2 million to support the provision of electricity under the framework of the Government’s universal access strategy. The…

Date: 2017

Type: Lessons Learned

Tags: Energy

Improving Rural Energy Access through Solar Home Systems in Ghana

In Ghana, where electricity grid access is relatively high for Sub-Saharan Africa, millions of people in small rural communities or on isolated islands cannot be reached through grid extension. A successful GPOBA project supported the purchase of solar home systems and PV lanterns for 16,500…

Date: 2016

Type: Lessons Learned

Tags: Energy

Upper Secondary Education Enhancement Project in Vietnam

The Vietnamese government has made remarkable gains in improving education outcomes since the early 1990s. But disparities in educational attainment – particularly between income groups – remain. GPOBA’s first project in the education sector addressed persistent inequalities in learning outcomes…

Date: 2016

Type: Lessons Learned

Tags: Education

Bangladesh Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development – SHS Project

In 2010, a Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA) grant for $13.95 million was approved to improve electricity access for poor households in rural Bangladesh in remote, off-grid areas through the provision of SHSs. This project was part of a larger SHS program using the OBA approach that…

Date: 2015

Type: Lessons Learned

Tags: Energy

Ethiopia: Electricity Access Rural Expansion Project

In 2008, a GPOBA grant of $8 million was signed to accelerate the pace of connections among grid customers by making the connection charge affordable to the poor population through a credit scheme, and was linked to the $170 million IDA-financed Ethiopia Electricity Access Rural Expansion…

Date: 2015

Type: Lessons Learned

Tags: Energy

Vietnam Rural Water

In 2008, GPOBA approved a $3 million grant to support investments in piped rural water supply systems, in conjunction with the government's efforts to operationalize its national Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Strategy.

The project provided access to affordable, clean water supply to…

Date: 2015

Type: Lessons Learned

Tags: Water and Sanitation

Biogas Support Program in Nepal

In 2006, the government of Nepal requested support from the World Bank and GPOBA to promote biogas plants in rural areas and enhance the sustainability of the energy sector. A GPOBA grant was approved with the objective of increasing the number of households sustainably using biogas plants under…

Date: 2015

Type: Lessons Learned

Tags: Energy

Challenges in Formalizing the Supply of Electricity in Mumbai’s Slums

In 2009, the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA) approved a pilot project for $1.6 million with the objective of increasing access to safe electricity supply in Indian slums through targeted output-based subsides. The pilot focused on selected urban slum areas of Mumbai, but had…

Date: 2014

Type: Lessons Learned

Tags: Energy

Kenya Microfinance for Community-Managed Water Project

In 2006, the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA) approved an innovative pilot project for $1.15 million to increase access and improve efficiency in water services for the poor in rural and peri-urban areas of central Kenya through investments in selected community subprojects. By…

Date: 2014

Type: Lessons Learned

Tags: Water and Sanitation

Morocco Improved Access to Water and Sanitation Services Output-based Aid Project

Despite Morocco's having a generally good infrastructure for the delivery of water and sanitation, over 1 million residents in the fast-growing outskirts of cities lack adequate services, posing a significant…

Date: 2014

Type: Lessons Learned

Tags: Water and Sanitation

Senegal On-site Sanitation Project

An output-based aid (OBA) on-site sanitation project in Senegal helped over 100,000 people access sanitation facilities in peri-urban areas of Dakar, improving the urban environment, community health, and the well-being of women and children. The project shows that well-targeted subsidies can…

Date: 2013

Type: Lessons Learned

Tags: Water and Sanitation

Improved Community Water in Andhra Pradesh

For years, in the rural coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh, there were no alternatives to the highly contaminated tap water from government-owned piped water systems, which were poorly operated and maintained. 

In May 2007, the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA) launched an…

Date: 2012

Type: Lessons Learned

Tags: Water and Sanitation

Uganda Reproductive Health Vouchers Scheme

According to a 2003 study, about 435 women die per 100,000 live births in Uganda because of lack of access to health service facilities and professional health care. The loss of a mother can shatter a family and threaten the well-being of surviving children.

In September 2008, the Global…

Date: 2012

Type: Lessons Learned

Tags: Health