Washington, December 16, 2013 – A significant milestone for GPOBA was reached this month. In the ten years since its establishment in 2003, GPOBA has disbursed a cumulative total of US$100 million, benefitting around six million people with access to basic services, including energy, water and sanitation, health, education, and ICT. This represents over 60 percent of the total estimated value of signed GPOBA grant agreements. This milestone was reached with a US$310,000 disbursement for the Safe Motherhood Program in Yemen, an OBA project that provides a package of sustainable maternal health services to low-income women in Yemen.
Nearly half of the US$100 million disbursed occurred over the last two years, which is reflective of growing disbursement trends as GPOBA’s project pipeline matures. The largest proportions of disbursements have been made in energy, at 41 percent, and in the Africa region of the World Bank, at 38 percent of disbursements. The charts below present details of the overall distribution.
“The fact that we have disbursed almost 50 percent of GPOBA funding over the last two years demonstrates not only the maturity of our portfolio as it is showing results, but also the feasibility and sustainability of output-based aid,” said Carmen Nonay, Program Manager of GPOBA, adding that “furthermore, some of our pilot projects are being replicated in other areas or are scaling up, which is indicative of the governments’ and private sector’s confidence in successful delivery of services through OBA."
With a portfolio of 19 closed and 18 active pilots, there is still much more ahead. GPOBA continues to develop new subsidy schemes, with an additional nine projects currently in the pipeline. New efforts are focused on scaling-up and replicating successful pilots, testing OBA approaches in new and less-tested sectors, such as sanitation, solid waste, education, irrigation, and urban transport. GPOBA is also focusing on new environments, including fragile and conflict-affected situations. With all of these and more activities in the works, GPOBA looks forward to the next US$100 million.