New Video Details Microfinancing Water Pilot in Kenya

"Using Market Finance to Extend Water Supply Services: Lessons Learned from Peri-urban and Rural Kenya" describes the GPOBA Community Microfinance Project, explaining how leveraging donor funds can help meet the challenges of providing water to poor communities lacking access to commercial financing.
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.


Uganda Water

New Video: GPOBA and IFC Partner to Deliver Water in Uganda 

Beneficiaries describe in this video how their lives have been transformed with the access to clean piped water into their community. Water had previously been gathered from the nearby swamp and bore holes, but now small business owners anticipate more stability and prosperity without the burden of an unreliable water source, and children can dedicate themselves even more to their schoolwork without adding fetching water to their list of chores. 



Vol. 4, No. 2 / OBA Connections 

To coincide with the World Bank's Water Week and the UN's International Water Day, this issue features newly released videos describing GPOBA water projects in Kenya and Uganda, along with other new World Bank videos on wastewater, drinking water and irrigation. We remind readers of GPOBA publications on water through our Lessons Learned series, invite all to an April 13 webinar on Vietnam Rural Water, and feature interesting infographics on world water poverty and the still present challenges to universal access.



What’s New

GPOBA and R4D Education Scoping Study

This newly released scoping study on the use of RBF/OBA in education is the result of a two-year examination -- analyzing 24 case studies -- along with a literature review  and database of projects. The report includes recommendations on the future design and implementation of RBF/OBA in the sector.