By Jessica Lopez -- The first time I traveled to Uganda, in October 2016, I met a young mother whose strength and resilience I still think about today; an important reminder of why and for whom I work as an international development professional.
A highly successful pilot program to improve maternal health care for poor women is scaling up under a recent grant agreement signed by the World Bank Group -- acting as an administrator for the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA) -- and the government of Uganda.
On June 21, 2012, the International Development Association (IDA), acting as administrator of the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA), signed a Grant Agreement with the Government of Uganda to establish an Grid-Based OBA Fund.
GPOBA presented key lessons learned in the Reproductive Healthcare Voucher Project (RHVP) in Uganda through the International Finance Corporation (IFC) SmartLessons, a World Bank Group awards program which enables development practitioners to share lessons in development operations.
On the morning of February 28, 2009, Jeninah Komugisha walked into the Angella Domiciliary Clinic in Kashari, Uganda expressing labor pains. She gave the midwives a “healthy baby” voucher and was immediately offered assistance.