The Global Water Initiative (GWI) was an action-research and advocacy programme that ran from 2008-17. The project is now closed. This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close. After that date, information about the project and core GWI technical publications will continue to be available from the IIED website and Publications Library.

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About us

The Global Water Initiative (GWI) works to improve water management policies, research, investment and knowledge resources for sustainable agricultural production and improved food security. GWI is funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

The West Africa programme of GWI is one of three regional programmes, alongside GWI East Africa and GWI Central America.


GWI vision and mission

Each of the GWI regional programmes focuses on slightly different issues – reflecting different regional and national realities – but we all share the same overall vision and mission:

GWI vision: Water is used efficiently and equitably, enabling farmers to improve food security, become more resilient and sustain themselves, their communities and the world through agricultural production.

GWI mission: To improve global food security by enabling farmers to better access, manage and use water resources for sustainable agricultural production.

GWI West Africa

GWI West Africa works towards achieving this vision and mission by focusing on dams and smallholder rice production in large scale irrigation schemes in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger, and Senegal. GWI West Africa also previously worked in Ghana.

There are two distinct phases of GWI work, the first phase (2008-2012) focused on IWRM and WASH, the second phase (from 2013-2017) focuses on 'water for agriculture'. To find out more about our work see: Our work and Where we work.