This is a time of renewed challenge and great opportunity in working to achieve fundamental elements in the world’s development agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals have provided ambitious and necessary targets for collective effort. Governments, development partners, and communities don’t have resources or time to waste in connecting basic services where they are needed most. Service providers, large and small, recognize the need for their services and the opportunity to expand their markets. New advocates and funders are emerging, looking for measurable social and other impacts to frame their participation, whether in developing markets or applied to complex issues in more economically developed contexts.
Results-based approaches, including output-based aid, are becoming ever more relevant for all of these constituencies, helping to link needs, objectives and actual results. GPOBA has the depth of experience in design, development, and project implementation across seven sectors, and is exploring and expanding the application of OBA and RBF to new areas, such as mini-grids and solar irrigation in Bangladesh, housing in Kenya and India, and the garment sector in Bangladesh. GPOBA also innovates by applying elements of the approach in ways that make service delivery more efficient and effective – for instance, by building gender considerations into the provision of basic services such as lighting and sanitation, or by improving results across Indonesia from government infrastructure grants. GPOBA is attractive to many of these constituencies through a combination of incentives, examples, and know-how from experience in reaching previously underserved communities, as well as through lessons learned from projects that were not successful. Our work and opportunities continue to grow, and the year ahead promises to be a positive challenge for continued partnership, scale-up and expanded collaboration in OBA and the universe of RBF.