La Paz, Bolivia, July 24, 2007. The Minister of Development Planning of the Republic of Bolivia, Mr Gabriel Loza Tellería signed a US$5.2 million grant with the World Bank’s Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA) to help deliver access to renewable electricity to the rural poor in Bolivia.
The team was selected for its sustained dedication and success in achieving development results for poor households in Bolivia under very difficult conditions.
Output-Based Aid in Bolivia: Balanced Tender Design for Sustainable Energy Access in Difficult Markets
Bolivia is implementing an innovative public-private approach to increase rural electricity access to extremely remote areas via Solar Home Systems (SHS). Novel Medium-term Service Contracts (MSCs) balance the Government’s wish for sustainable service and maximum control with providers’ aim for minimal risk exposure.
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.