This note describes efforts by the government of Kenya, the World Bank and other development partners to improve access to commercial finance for water and sanitation projects, within the context of sector reforms and innovative financing initiatives.
Given the significant financing gap to meet the needs of developing countries and achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals*, governments, multilaterals and other development partners are increasingly looking to the private sector to help fill this gap.
The innovative Maji Ni Maisha ("Water is Life") project is increasing access to clean, reliable water supply for rural communities in Kenya using a blend of commercial finance and an output-based subsidy. By helping small community-based water providers access the financing they need, the project is improving existing water systems and connecting poor households to piped water supply.
Launched to coincide with the World Bank's Water Week (April 4-8), "Using Market Finance to Extend Water Supply Services: Lessons Learned from Peri-urban and Rural Kenya" describes the GPOBA Community Microfinance Project in Kenya, explaining how leveraging donor funds can help meet the challenges of providing water to
Kenya: World Bank Grants US$11.8 Million to Provide 150,000 Residents With Water and Sanitation Connections
Nairobi, December 11, 2014 – The World Bank, acting as administrator for the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA), has signed a grant agreement with the Republic of Kenya approving funding of US$11.8 million to help expand access to water and sanitation in low-income urban areas. This innovative, coordinated program is projected to reach 30,000 low-income urb