GPOBA Annual Report 2009

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GPOBA’s Annual Report 2009 states that output-based aid (OBA) can help improve delivery of basic infrastructure and social services to the poor, and is an approach that is “maturing” and proving to have a meaningful role both in the World Bank Group (WBG) and the wider development community.
GPOBA, a global partnership program administered by the World Bank, broadened its activities in fiscal year 2009 to include a new knowledge and learning program on OBA, the report says. GPOBA’s increased focus on training and dissemination of best practices is part of the program’s transition into a Center of Expertise on OBA. 
It goes hand-in-hand with GPOBA’s efforts to encourage mainstreaming of OBA within the World Bank and with the development partners.  GPOBA’s portfolio of OBA subsidy schemes increased to US$109.3 million in fiscal 2009, with nine new grant agreements signed, expected to benefit around 3 million poor people. The majority of the new funding will support schemes in Sub-Saharan Africa and in the energy and health sectors.