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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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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Given their shared water resources, the necessity for cross-border collaboration is clear to both communities and governments of Burkina Faso and Mali.

Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali and the Ivory Coast all share the natural resources of the Black Volta river basin. Collaborative water management is therefore crucial to help build and maintain mutual trust.

The Joint Technical Committee formed by this agreement represents an official collaboration on water resource management between Mali and Burkina Faso.

Drawing on the lessons from nearly 50 years of large dam construction in West Africa, we reviewed the literature and consulted stakeholders and governments to better inform the planning of future dams.

37,891 inhabitants were displaced when the Kandadji dam was built in Niger. We carried out a study of the legal aspects of such displacement, examining ways for the State to optimise its investment whilst also seeking justice for displaced populations.

This briefing from IIEDs 'Reflect and act' series showcases our work to improve development outcomes for people affected by the construction of the Kandadji Dam in Niger.

This briefing from IIEDs 'Reflect and act' series showcases our work to improve development outcomes for people affected by the construction of the Kandadji Dam in Niger.

These 3 documents are sample agreements initiated by GWI for the management and protection of natural water resources in the Ndoga Babacar municipality of Senegal’s Tambacounda region.

These 3 documents are sample agreements initiated by GWI for the management and protection of natural water resources in the Ndoga Babacar municipality of Senegal’s Tambacounda region.

These 3 documents are sample agreements initiated by GWI for the management and protection of natural water resources in the Ndoga Babacar municipality of Senegal’s Tambacounda region.

GWI carried out an evaluation of the effectiveness of village borehole management structures in Burkina Faso. We sampled 12 out of 34 project villages.

The Malian Sourou basin has great natural and economic importance, with much potential for ample water provision. But despite this potential, there are still several challenges around water quality and the effective management of water resources.

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