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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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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Publications

GWI in West Africa - Capitalising on the lessons of 10 years of interventions in the governance of large water infrastructure schemes: a review  of experience

December 2017
Madiodio Niasse

GWI West Africa

The Global Water Initiative in West Africa (GWI) programme, supported by the Howard G. Buffet Foundation and implemented by IIED and IUCN, has been active between 2007 and 2017.

Irrigation, food security and poverty – Lessons from three large dams in West Africa

December 2017
Frédéric Bazin, Ibrahima Hathie, Jamie Skinner and Jérôme Koundouno (ed.)

GWI West Africa

In recent years, the governments of the Sahel have committed to combat poverty and food insecurity through a significant increase in the development of irrigable areas.

Strategic reflection on the contribution of hydropower projects to the sustainable local development of dam-affected areas in Guinea

September 2017
CEMED, Mott MacDonald

GWI West Africa

Hydroelectric developments have long-term impacts on people affected by the projects (PAP), whether displaced or host.

Operations manual in the form of "guidelines" for expropriation in the public interest and compensation of land and natural resources in the Republic of Guinea

September 2017
Ministère de la Ville et de l’Aménagement du territoire de Guinée

GWI West Africa

In the Republic of Guinea, the Land and Property Code does not provide all the details on the practical modalities of expropriation in the public interest and compensation of land and natural resources.

Analysis of the productive systems in the Bagré irrigation scheme (Burkina Faso)

September 2017
Frédéric Bazin

GWI West Africa

The development of irrigation is one of the priority strategies in the Sahel countries to tackle poverty and food insecurity.

Development of the profile and system of agricultural advisers and advisory services around the Bagré dam

August 2017
Serge Alfred Sedogo

GWI West Africa

The Global Water Initiative (GWI), in partnership with Bagrépôle and the Union des groupements de producteurs de riz de Bagré (UGPRB), carried out a diagnostic study on the livelihoods of smallholders in 2013.

Irrigated schemes: a practical guide to securing the State and farmers in Niger

August 2017
ONAHA

GWI West Africa

In Niger, in a context threatening the sustainability of irrigation schemes, securing land tenure helps sustain the investments of the State and the future of farmers.

A guide to securing land tenure in irrigation schemes in Niger

August 2017
ONAHA

GWI West Africa

According to the census conducted by the Directorate of Development and Economic Analysis of the National Office for Irrigation Schemes (ONAHA), there are 85 irrigation schemes in Niger today, covering approximately 16,000 hectares and employing more than 40,000 farmers.

Comparative study of the current value of the Sélingué dam and the State's financial results

June 2017
Ibrahima Hathie, Ousmane Doucouré, Abdoulaye Bagayoko, Abdoulaye Syllan, Nouhoum Bocoum et Boubacar Macalou

GWI West Africa

This report conducts an ex-post evaluation of the wealth produced by the Niandouba and Confluent dams in Senegal. It provides a financial assessment of the dams for the state and draws lessons for future intervention anbd planning.

Institutional diagnosis of farmer organisations around the Sélingué dam in Mali

May 2017
NYETA Conseils

GWI West Africa

In 2013, GWI initiated a participatory process on agricultural advisory services around the Sélingué dam in Mali, to change the relations between the Sélingué Rural Development Office (ODRS) and farmer organisations (FOs).

Study on the experience of agricultural advisory services in the new (Kandadji, Famalé and Gabou) and former (Namardé Goungou and Konni) irrigated schemes in Niger

March 2017
CESAF Consult

GWI West Africa

In Niger, the National Office for Irrigation Schemes (ONAHA) sought GWI's support to examine how to improve smallholders’ performance in irrigated schemes.

Analyse des systèmes de production du périmètre irrigué de Sélingué (Mali)

January 2017
Frédéric Bazin

GWI West Africa

The development of irrigation is one of the priority strategies in the Sahel countries to tackle poverty and food insecurity.

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