GPOBA's previous 12 months were an important transition and growth period, as it continues its goal to improve living conditions for the poor. With support from our donors and through partnerships with 18 governments and 33 service providers, GPOBA has now delivered basic services to over eight million people since its inception, marking a 14 percent increase from fiscal year 2014.
The Annual Report for fiscal year 2015 (FY15) describes GPOBA’s efforts toward fulfilling its mandate to fund, design, demonstrate, and document OBA approaches to service delivery. During FY15, we balanced our ongoing commitment to deepening the impact of OBA in tested sectors with exploring the applicability of OBA in new sectors and environments. GPOBA’s $228 million subsidy portfolio consists of 44 projects in seven sectors in 28 countries, with cumulative disbursements of $116.3 million. Three of the five grant agreements signed were scale-ups of successful OBA pilots in water and energy, one of which was the $15 million renewable energy scale-up in Bangladesh, demonstrating GPOBA’s commitment to clean energy.
In addition, GPOBA continued to expand technical assistance and knowledge activities, key to our work as a Center of Expertise. Funding for these activities reached $4.8 million in disbursements, with 18 new projects, bringing the total TA and knowledge portfolio to 177 projects for over $28 million.