Financing + Sustainability = The Future of Rural Water Systems

Access to clean water remains a struggle for many of the poorest households in rural areas. GPRBA collaborated with the World Bank in Tanzania to bring safe, clean water to 165 villages in the country by combining blended financing with emerging technologies including solar water pumps, pre-paid meters, chlorination and remote sensors.

Related: World Bank Water blog "Closing Gaps and Financing Taps

Video: Solar-Powered Mini-Grids Bring Security and New Economic Opportunities in Ghana (3:11)

Ghana provides electricity for 83% of its population, the second highest rate in Sub-Saharan Africa, but connecting isolated areas to the grid has proved very difficult. The solution: investing in solar-powered mini-grids like this one, built with support from IDA, the World Bank Group's fund for the poorest. In the towns around the Volta River, 10,000 Ghanaians now enjoy uninterrupted power, which enhances security and brings new economic opportunities. "It was difficult operating my business when we didn't have access to electricity.

Video: In Ghana, Solar-Powered Mini-Grids Bring Security and New Economic Opportunities (1:02)

Ghana provides electricity for 83% of its population, the second highest rate in Sub-Saharan Africa, but connecting isolated areas to the grid has proved very difficult. The solution: investing in solar-powered mini-grids like this one, built with support from IDA, the World Bank Group's fund for the poorest. In the towns around the Volta River, 10,000 Ghanaians now enjoy uninterrupted power, which enhances security and brings new economic opportunities. "It was difficult operating my business when we didn't have access to electricity.

An Environmentally-Friendly Approach to Solid Waste Management in the Palestinian Territories

GPRBA's first project in the solid waste management sector was for the benefit of residents in the Bethlehem and Hebron governorates in the southern West Bank; components of this project included consruction of the Al-Minya Sanitary Landfill and the closing of dozens of illegal dumpsite, establishment of recycling facilities, and jobs training for waste pickers. GPRBA worked with the IFC and the World Bank to bring improved solid waste services to 840,000 residents. 

Better Waste Disposal for Better Life in the West Bank

This IFC-produced video describes the pioneering solid waste management project for the Bethlehem and Hebron Governorates, and recognizes GPRBA's (ex-GPOBA) role in bringing the project to fruition. As the first public-private partnership in the West Bank (PPP) for sanitary waste disposal, this new landfill replaced many illegal and informal dumping grounds with greater health and environmental hazards. This project was designed to benefit about 840,000 residents and is expected to cut down greenhouse-gas emissions by 13,400 tons over the next few years.

Video: Output-based Aid Subsidies Provide Sustainable Sanitation and Water Services in Nairobi

In Kenya, rapid urbanization has huge implications for water use and wastewater management in the country’s cities, which are already facing increasing water and sanitation demands, such as pollution and overexploitation. GPRBA's water and sanitation project in Nairobi provided about 85,000 people in the city's informal settlements with access to water service and connections to the sewerage network.