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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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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In terms of drinking water and sanitation, the general law on decentralised government and the law on water management, including all the associated texts, provide the essential framework for public intervention in the field of water.

Boulis/earth pan reservoirs and their surrounding areas can be used for income generation in Burkina Faso. For example, farmers and pastoralists pay an annual fee (in proportion to the size of their herd) to graze their animals around boulis.

GWI Niger saw the 3-year milestone as a key moment to assess the impact of its IWRM programme. This report encompasses 2 practical themes: successes seen so far and improvements needed.

GWI activities in the Sirba basin are described, covering six municipalities in the East and Sahel Regions with 34 intervention villages.  Five local water management committees were set up and their intervention area within the Sirba basin determined.

GWI asked experts in IWRM from the 2IE Engineering Institute to visit all four project sites and to evaluate the approach and experience on IWRM that GWI was promoting with local partners.

This report presents graphs of progress made towards meeting the programme outcomes, showing evolution of regional indicators from 2010-2012 in the results-based monitoring of GWI.

GWI was initially conceived as a ten year programme and IIED, working with IWEL, developed a Monitoring and Evaluation strategy with two components.

GWI Senegal surveyed its project area near Tambacounda, Senegal in 2010 to establish the baseline for the long term M&E indicators. This report describes the project area, the sampling methods the data gathered and the challenges encountered.

GWI Mali carried out a 3 part monitoring study of hydrostatic levels of improved water points in the Baye, Diallassagou, Ouenkoro and Sokoura municipalities in the 15 months to September 2012.

Hydrological studies like this one play an important role in the sustainable management of water supplies, particularly as they should help reduce the long-term costs of borehole maintenance.

In 2008 GWI began a sustainable sanitation project in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Senegal.

GWI helped build appropriate, strong, low-cost latrines. This illustrated manual is aimed at community sanitation mobilisers and villagers already motivated to build their own latrines, and it is best used alongside CLTS.