Pay for Success in Solid Waste Management: Results-based Financing for Cleaner Cities in Nepal

This podcast will explore GPOBA’s Nepal Solid Waste project. With rapid urbanization, population growth, and new economic activity, municipal solid waste is increasing at alarming rates, and is expected to almost triple in low and lower middle income countries by 2025. At the same time, solid waste management (SWM) systems in most developing countries are underfunded and suffer from lack of planning. Improving SWM requires intervention all along the supply chain. GPOBA’s SWM project in Nepal was created to expand SWM services in five municipalities. This webinar will discuss how OBA approaches can jump-start SWM services in low-income countries where service delivery is poor or non-existent or where fee collection to support waste services is a major challenge. This webinar series introduces innovative financing mechanisms that contribute to development solutions, linking needs, objectives and actual results. This series will focus on Results-based financing (RBF), in particular, which has emerged as an important tool for financing basic services because it changes the focus from inputs – funding given in advance for expected results – to verified outputs.” As a center of expertise for RBF, the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA) brings together RBF practitioners and development partners to share results, experiences and lessons on RBF. GPOBA’s SWM project in Nepal was approved in 2013 with the purpose of expanding SWM services over a four-year period. An estimated 800,000 people are expected to benefit. The project aimed to improve access to high quality and financially sustainable waste management services in five participating municipalities. The OBA subsidy bridges the gap between the cost of delivering improved SWM services (capital costs, operations, and maintenance costs, and other expenses) and revenues that municipalities can collect for these services. The amount of the subsidy was designed to decrease over time, as services improve and the increases in fee collection rates contribute to cost recovery.

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About the Presenters

Charis Lypiridis

Charis Lypiridis is a specialist on infrastructure finance and planning, and is currently leading GPOBA’s program on Climate Change, and activities in South Asia and the Pacific Islands. Prior to GPOBA, he worked for IFC’s Advisory Department on Public-Private Partnerships, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and city-focused programs across the EU. Charis has a background on civil engineering from Aristotle University in Greece and holds a MPA degree from Columbia University.

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Submitted 12:10 am, September 14, 2018

Though, there are many work conducted, but still Nepal needs more awareness on solid waste management techniques. People should have an attention to make the environmental clean and they can! Nevertheless, there are so many result based financing measures were carried out but in Terai region like Nepalgunj, Janakpur, Saptari, Gaur, the conditions are same, no changes. Even the solid waste management are not so effective in the capital city Kathmandu and in valley Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. The awareness program should be targeted to the locals how to manage the daily solid waste and the industrial solid waste.


Submitted 7:33 am, July 17, 2018

interesting and important issue. thank you.


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Submitted 2:41 pm, May 19, 2018

Hello there, I'm glad to be having this course. Thanks.


Submitted 11:07 am, April 21, 2018

Nice information. And good development

Jesús Manuel

Submitted 9:26 am, April 5, 2018

Great info, thks!


Submitted 1:39 pm, April 3, 2018


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