"Supporting the Delivery of Basic Services in Developing Countries"

OBA Connections 2017 / Vol. 4, #10
From the Head of GPOBA

This edition of OBA Connections focuses on RBF and PPPs, highlighting PPP projects with OBA components which have provided access to vital infrastructure and services to poor communities. We also link to the World Bank's PPP Knowledge Lab for more resources. 

Please view our new "Innovations in Finance" series of RBF webinars, with the first sessions on social impact bonds and output-based aid (OBA) in urban transport; also, join the online discussion and listen to related podcasts. Finally, we feature our two newest "Lessons Learned" publications for our solar power project in Bolivia and rural electrification project in Uganda.

As always, your feedback and suggestions are welcome.
Catherine Commander O'Farrell
GPOBA-supported PPP Projects

The use of results-based financing can provide incentives for commercial lenders and private service providers to extend PPP projects to poor communities, and this feature story describes some of GPOBA's efforts.
OBA at Work in Public-Private Partnerships

This note details how OBA’s emphasis on pro-poor targeting and accountability can add value to a PPP by ensuring that finance flowing from the private sector reaches those most in need, and offers three case studies in which OBA and PPPs have worked together.  
Solid Waste Management PPPs in West Bank and Nepal Include OBA Element

This OBApproaches describes the role of OBA in the design of two PPP solid waste management projects supported by GPOBA. In addition to improving the performance of municipalities' services for trash collection and recycling, both projects include a behavior change component as well.
PPP Makes Solar Power Accessible in Rural Bangladesh

OBA has contributed to the highly successful renewable energy program in Bangladesh, by making the installation of a working solar home system affordable to poorer households, in combination with longer-term consumer credit. This note describes the program's features and results, as well as lessons for future projects. Read more.
Blended Finance Implementation in Kenya WASH projects

This note reviews efforts by the Kenyan government, the World Bank, and other development partners to make commercial finance more accessible for water and sanitation projects; among those projects are GPOBA's Maji Ni Maisha microfinance project and Nairobi Water and Sanitation. 
World Bank PPP Knowledge Lab and GPOBA 

The PPP Knowledge Lab is a useful reference guide and database of public-private partnerships for researchers and practitioners. GPOBA is a  knowledge-sharing partner, as it now includes RBF/OBA concepts on this platform to demonstrate the incorporation of this innovative financing in PPPs. 
"Results-Based Financing Approaches: Observations for Pay for Success from International Experiences"  

This publication presents an overview of RBF schemes as a way of not only being a solution to make more accountable and effective the delivery of public services, but also as a way to leverage existing or new financial resources -- such as those from the private sector -- to motivate the achievement of desired outcomes.

RBF as a Catalyst for Solar Energy

On this website, RBF is cited as a tool for the growth of the solar energy market as the potential return is attracting private investment in Tanzania.
Private Sector Involvement in Energy Sector Spurred by RBF 

This summary of a recent panel discussion at the SEE4ALL Forum ("The Role of RBF in Realizing Sustainable Energy for All"). This side event, organized by SNV and EnDev, concluded that RBF is one of many flexible elements that can quicken the development of clean energy markets, particularly if the incentives and indicators are carefully designed. 
Social Impact Bonds 

Readers may now view the session "Social Impact Bonds: Addressing Gaps to Solving Social Issues," the first session the new webinar series "Innovations in Finance." The discussion focused on social impact bonds as a tool of results-based financing, as these tie financial returns and payments to social outcomes. View the recording and join the post-event discussion.
OBA and Urban Transport Study

GPOBA's April 25 webinar discussed the newest OBApproaches on OBA and Urban Transport, and the study on which it is based. Click to see video and participate in the discussion.
Rural Bolivia Solar Energy 

The newest "Lessons Learned" now available describes the GPOBA-supported project to bring electricity to remote rural regions in Bolivia. Almost 8,000 solar home systems were installed in households, schools, clinics, and micro/small enterprises, along with 126 systems for public buildings. Read more.
OBA/RBF Community of Practice

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. More...
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