In the West Bank and Gaza, decades of conflict had led to underinvestment in solid-waste management. Hebron and Bethlehem, the poorest governorates in the West Bank and home to nearly one million people, generate 20 percent of the area’s total solid waste. In 2009, 500 tons of waste produced daily were disposed of in unsanitary dumps, illegally abandoned, or burned.
Webinar organized by the World Bank's Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA) on the use of results-based financing for solid waste management projects 2014 03 27
Ramallah, September 2, 2013 – The World Bank, as administrator for the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA), announced the signing of an US$8.3 million grant agreement for a project to improve access to solid waste management services in the West Bank.
On November 8, 2013, the World Bank featured the West Bank Solid Waste Management project as its front page story on its external website. This project will benefit about one-third of the population of the West Bank (approximately 800,000 people) and includes a sanitary landfill, as well as some small-scale recycling and composting.
This two-paged fact sheet from the IFC's Private Advisory Services includes information on the project's background, the World Bank's role (including that of GPOBA), the PPP structure and bidding, and the post-tender results. The West Bank Solid Waste Management project, signed in September 2013, is the second project in this new sector for GPOBA, and its first one for West Bank & Gaza.
With rapid urbanization, population growth, and new economic activity, municipal solid waste is increasing at alarming rates, and is expected to almost triple in low and lower middle income countries by 2025. At the same time, solid waste management (SWM) systems in most developing countries are underfunded and suffer from a lack of planning.