World Bank-administered Output-Based Aid Grant to Help to Improve Water Supply Services in Rural India

Washington, DC - May 16, 2007- The Global Partnership on Output Based Aid (GPOBA) today signed a grant agreement for US$850,000, that will assist in improving access to safe drinking water to poor rural communities in India. The grant signed with the Naandi Foundation and Water Health India (WHIN) is funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), The Netherlands Ministry of Development Cooperation (DGIS) and IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. The $1.25M project - which includes an important financial contribution from local communities themselves - will provide clean water by using small scale ultra violet water purification plants in 25 villages throughout the Andhra Pradesh region and will directly benefit over 75,000 people.