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

Extending Access to Clean Energy for Low-Income Households in Rural Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, a blended finance approach has been used to extend access to off-grid electricity for rural low-income households. An output-based aid (OBA) grant in combination with microcredit from local partner organizations (POs)—mostly nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) with experience in…

Date: 2018

Type: Publications

Tags: Energy

Expanding Electrification to Low-income Households in Rural Ghana with Microfinance

In Ghana, blended finance helped improve affordability for rural Ghanaian household investments in off-grid renewable energy technologies. Local banks extended credit blended with concessional finance from the World Bank to rural low-income households for acquisition, installation and…

Date: 2018

Type: Publications

Tags: Energy

OBA in Infrastructure: The Experience So Far

Increasing access to basic infrastructure services is critical to reducing poverty and enabling poor and marginalized people to participate in and benefit from economic development.

Too often, however, the gap between the cost of the initial service connection and a user’s ability to pay…

Date: 2017

Type: OBApproaches

Tags: Energy

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Tags: Water and Sanitation

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

Output-Based Aid for Energy Access

Globally, around 1.1 billion people live without access to electricity. Ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy by 2030 is one of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015. The Global Partnership on Output-based Aid (GPOBA) supports this energy…

Date: 2016

Type: OBApproaches

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

Output-Based Aid in Mali Rural Electrification Hybrid System Project

Electrification can be a significant driver for improving livelihoods in rural communities. In rural Mali, where more than 80 percent of the country's population lives, the electrification rate is only 15 percent. Increasing access to electricity in rural Mali is crucial for economic development…

Date: 2015

Type: OBApproaches

Tags: Energy

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

Surge in Solar-Powered Homes Experience in Off-Grid Rural Bangladesh

This report, sponsored by GPOBA, assesses the welfare impact of Bangladesh's rapid solar home systems (SHS) expansion on households, and evaluates the…

Date: 2015

Type: Publications

Tags: Energy

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

From the Bottom Up: How Small Power Producers and Mini-Grids Can Deliver Electrification and Renewable Energy in Africa

GPOBA co-financed with the Africa Renewable Energy and Access Program (AFREA) and the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) the development of From the Bottom Up: How Small Power Producers and Mini-Grids Can Deliver Electrification and Renewable Energy in Africa,"under the Africa…

Date: 2014

Type: Publications

Tags: Energy

Connection Charges and Electricity Access in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa trails other regions in providing access to electricity for poor urban and rural residents. This poor performance can be linked to various factors, including political interference in utility policy, higher investment costs and lower profitability of extending service to rural…

Date: 2013

Type: Publications

Tags: Energy

Using Output Based Aid in Urban Projects

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Against the backdrop of rapidly rising urbanization in the developing world and the growing demand for basic services such as water and power, there is an increasing need to improve service delivery, particularly in low-income urban settlements. Output-based aid (OBA) …

Date: 2012

Type: OBApproaches

Tags: Energy

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Tags: Water and Sanitation

Output-Based Aid in Bangladesh: Solar Home Systems for Rural Households

A renewable energy program in Bangladesh that brings solar power to rural households is one of the most successful solar home system (SHS) programs in the world. It has demonstrated an inexpensive and reliable way to bring electricity to rural households. Several OBA features have contributed to…

Date: 2012

Type: OBApproaches

Tags: Energy

Lessons From Output-Based Aid For Leveraging Finance For Clean Energy

This working paper has been prepared as backgound documentation to support a number of efforts being undertaken by the World Bank and other multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors in middle- and low-income countries linking support to clean energy with the need to make such supports more effective…

Date: 2012

Type: OBA Working Papers

Tags: Energy