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OBA Connections

Vol.5 #1

"Connecting people to improve lives" 
This issue of OBA Connections focuses on World Water Week, which is currently taking place in Stockholm. It is one of the largest annual international conferences focusing on the water and sanitation sector, and examines the issues of accessibility, international development and service sustainability. More than 3,000 attendees representing 130 countries take part, representing governments, business, think tanks, and international organizations, as experts and practitioners share experiences and explore solutions to meet the world's growing demand for water and sanitation -- and to fulfill the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal for universal access. Results-based financing is one of the solutions to help make this sector's services available to the world's poorest, and GPOBA was invited again by the conference organizers (Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)) to present a workshop in line with this year's theme "Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse." We invited you to read about session details below, in addition to reviewing various GPOBA resources on water and sanitation.     add now 

"Results-Based Financing for Water and Sanitation: Improving Systems and Accountability."  

In this filled-to-capacity workshop, with 70+ attending, GPOBA staff and clients collaborated to describe how RBF has been key to providing improved sanitation services in the low-income areas of Colombo and Dakar, as well as RBF's role in improving intergovernmental fiscal transfers for a World Bank local government and decentralization project in Indonesia (details below). To learn more, visit GPOBA's featured page for World Water Week. (See event and Twitter postcards). 

Indonesia Local Government and Decentralization Project (LGDP) 

"Innovations in Finance: Indonesia" describes how RBF/OBA was used in the LGDP to improve the accountability and reporting of the central government's Specific Purpose Grants, which are designed to pay against verified results using output-based aid principles.  

Also available in reference to this project are two audio podcasts on the web-reporting systems and the independent verification agents, in addition to the "Infrastructure Verification Handbook." 


GPOBA Water and Sanitation Projects

This simple map illustrates the countries where GPOBA has provided OBA subsidies for water and sanitation. 


Flashback to World Water Week 2016

These four insightful interviews with GPOBA clients from Ghana and Kenya describe OBA approaches in each country's water and sanitation sectors and the improvement in the delivery of these services.

"Results-Based Financing to Deliver Urban Sanitation Services"

This video module, part of an online course on "Planning and Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies," introduces the role that results-based financing approaches can play in meeting the growing infrastructure and service challenges in the provision of urban sanitation.

GPOBA Water and Sanitation Projects

1. "Using Market Finance to Extend Water Supply Services: Lessons Learned from Peri-Urban and Rural Kenya."

2. "Partnership in Honduras: Output-Based Aid for Water and Sanitation"

3. "Improving Lives in Morocco: Extending Water and Sanitation Services to the Poor"

4. "Maji ni Maisha: Innovative Finance for Community Water Schemes in Kenya"

OBA Webinar Series on Water and Sanitation

1. Output-Based Aid in Sanitation
2. OBA in Small-Scale Irrigation Projects
3. Solar Irrigation in Bangladesh 
4. Vietnam Rural Water



OBA in Infrastructure: The Experience So Far

This new publication summarizes GPOBA's experience in applying OBA approaches in infrastructure (including water and sanitation).  This OBApproaches looks at the results achieved in providing services and by promoting the inclusion of people who otherwise would have been overlooked.

Results-Based Financing in Water Investments 

This study reviews aspects of implementing various RBF schemes in water-related investments, such as access to water services and household sewage connections, irrigation and deforestation. This is a collection of findings to better understand RBF instruments, and the conditions for success or failure of such approaches.

Scaling Up Blended Financing of Water and Sanitation Investments in Kenya

Recent sector reforms and innovative financing initiatives undertaken by the government of Kenya with World Bank support have helped improve access to commercial finance in the water and sanitation sector; the lessons drawn for this pilot are included in this knowledge note. 

Results-Based Financing for Water Service Providers in Kenya 

This RBF/OBA booklet for water service providers in Kenya includes information on the Kenya OBA Fund, the eligibility, application and disbursement process, a debt service example, and essential requirements for designing OBA projects.  

"Lessons Learned" Series

1. Vietnam Rural Water
2. Kenya Microfinance for Community-Managed Water
3. Morocco Improved Access to Water and Sanitation Services
4. Improved Community Water in Andhra Pradesh


Visit the OBA/RBF Community of Practice platform for additional information on output-based aid and results based financing. Exchange ideas, engage with practitioners and share knowledge. 

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