Over 170,000 low-income households in rural Bangladesh will be provided with quality sanitation services under a microfinance programme.
The World Bank, in partnership with the Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), is supporting the output-based aid (OBA) sanitation microfinance programme.
The programme received a $3 million grant from the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA), in line with the government’s initiative to enable households to shift from basic to hygienic quality sanitation services, a WB news release said.
“Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in almost ending the practice of open defecation in rural areas, which is now down to 1 per cent,” said Rajashree Paralkar, the WB’s acting country director.
This, she pointed out, has helped reduce health risk, especially for children under five and provided safety, dignity and security to women and adolescent girls.
“Improvements in quality of drinking water supply and environment are noticeable with improvements in sanitation.”
This programme for rural communities is designed to complement the WB’s ongoing work towards meeting the SDG goals in improved sanitation, and help poor rural families gain access to affordable hygienic sanitation facilities.
The OBA grant supports access to hygienic sanitation by leveraging approximately $22 million in household loan finance from participating microfinance institutions (MFIs), for a total project cost of $25 million.