Innovation in Development Financing

Half of the world's population now lives in urban areas, a figure expected to rise to 70 percent by 2050. Rural communities are threatened by increased marginalization given the demand for scarce resources. New and innovative solutions for funding must then be explored to reach the poor with basic services.
GPOBA is a global partnership program in the World Bank Group. Through a diverse portfolio of projects, GPOBA funds, designs, demonstrates and documents output-based aid approaches (OBA) to improve the delivery of basic services in  developing  countries. Large development projects too often fail to include the very poor, and GPOBA is dedicated to making sure the poor and marginalized  have access to  electricity, water, sanitation, health care, education and other basic services necessary for growth and opportunity.


Bangladesh Sanitation

Bangladesh Sanitation Grant Agreement 

Over 170,000 low-income households in rural Bangladesh will have access to hygienic sanitation under the Output-Based Aid (OBA) Sanitation Microfinance Program. The World Bank, in partnership with the Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), is supporting this program with a $3 million grant from the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA), in line with the government’s initiative to enable households to shift from basic to hygienic quality sanitation services. 



Vol. 4, No. 7 / OBA Connections 

Coinciding with the announcement of the 2016 Inn-OBA-tion Award, this edition focuses on the innovative use of RBF/OBA as a financing tool to extend basic services to the poor. RBF/OBA is receiving greater attention from governments and donors seeking to ensure that development assistance reaches its intended beneficiaries in a more efficient and accountable manner.


What’s New

Annual Report 2016

GPOBA's Annual Report for FY2016 is now available in an interactive digital format (also available for downloading). This report offers a more in-depth look at GPOBA’s activities throughout the fiscal year, as it works to increase access to basic services for poor and marginalized populations.