GPOBA is a partnership of donors working together to support output-based aid (OBA) approaches. GPOBA was established in 2003 by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) as a multi-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank. Since 2003, four additional donors have joined the partnership: the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Dutch Directorate General for International Cooperation (DGIS), the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs andTrade (DFAT), the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).
GPOBA’s mandate is to fund, design, demonstrate, and document OBA approaches to improve the delivery of basic services to the poor in developing countries. OBA approaches have been tested in every region and applied in seven sectors, including energy, water and sanitation, health, solid waste management, education, and information and communication technology (ICT). OBA projects have taken a diversity of approaches, each one with a unique design and financial model, incorporating lessons learned from previous experiences.
Pilots have been implemented in urban, peri-urban, and rural areas, employing public and private operators, public-private partnerships (PPPs), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and community organizations as implementing agencies and service providers.
As of September 2015, through a portfolio of 44 projects with $228 million in commitments for subsidy funding and ongoing technical assistance activities, GPOBA is demonstrating that OBA can deliver a diverse range of services and lasting results for the poor, reaching over 8 million beneficiaries. GPOBA’s goal is to mainstream OBA approaches within projects carried out by other development practitioners, including developing country governments, international financial institutions, bilateral donors, and private foundations.