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Message from the

Senior Director

Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group

I am pleased to present the Annual Report for the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA) for fiscal year 2016 (FY16).

GPOBA operates within the World Bank Group’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience (GSURR) Global Practice and across many other Global Practices. Our goal in GSURR is to support counterpart countries to build sustainable, inclusive, resilient, and productive communities to support the Bank’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity in a sustainable manner.

GPOBA has worked for over 13 years in 28 countries with almost 50 implementing agencies to develop and deliver results-based approaches and solutions that increase access to basic services for poor people across seven sectors, contributing to conditions that promote economic and social development within communities. These sectors include energy, water, health, sanitation, solid waste management, education, and telecoms.

GPOBA projects now reach over 9 million people – an achievement based on a shared commitment to meaningful results through partnership and collaboration between donors and development partners.

GPOBA’s depth of experience, reach and results focus are the foundation of its expanding work as a Center of Expertise on output and results-based approaches. Knowledge and learning activities provided lessons from hands-on experience, with face-to-face, field-based and virtual events throughout the year with donors, implementing teams, practitioners and governments.

GPOBA’s projects touch 6 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the core of the World Bank’s operational engagement. By design, the projects incorporate tailored solutions to development challenges that must align with the agreed strategies of client countries while also meeting donor priorities.

Many of the projects are either developed in or face fragile contexts due to challenges from weak capacity, political unrest, violence or climate-related disasters.

Governments, development partners, and communities don’t have resources to waste in connecting basic services where they are needed most, while service providers recognize there are opportunities to expand their markets. 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 projects continue to deliver results, expand into new areas and generate knowledge and collaboration opportunities to contribute to the World Bank’s twin goals, with lasting results for the poor.