This survey was commissioned by GWI three years after the start of the 2008-2012 programme in West Africa with the aim of assessing the sustainability potential of the rural water services supported by GWI during this period and to learn lessons from governance and management systems. It is part of the ongoing learning and evaluation of GWI's work.
This is a report of the regional workshop "Making large dams in West Africa profitable: What role for agricultural advice?" held in Bamako, on 4 and 5 June 2014. The workshop was organized by the Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa in partnership with IED-Afrique (Innovation, Environment and Development).
This factsheet provides an overview of the work of the Global Water Initiative in West Africa between 2012 and 2017, which focuses on 'water for agriculture'. The Global Water Initiative is funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the West Africa programme is implemented by IIED and IUCN.
This is the Final Communiqué from a regional workshop on the theme: “Towards security of tenure for farmers in large scale irrigated rice schemes in the Sahel” which was held on 2nd and 3rd June 2014 in Bamako, Mali.
This report is based on the main lessons and recommendations from three case studies analysing the strategies, aspirations and constraints of the various types of farmers living around the dams of Bagré (Burkina Faso), Sélingué (Mali) and Niandouba/Confluent (Senegal). The research, initiated by the Global Water Initiative (GWI) and funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, aims to contribute to ongoing national and regional discussions on the policies and programmes needed to improve rice cultivation in dam-irrigated perimeters and to support farmers’ livelihoods.
This report presents the results of research on the livelihoods of small farmers. The study was conducted with the participation of rice producers based on the irrigated area around the Bagré dam in Burkina Faso. It is part of the activities undertaken by the Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa which aims to define through its research evidence the options for improving the lives of smallholders farming downstream of large dams.
Le Comité technique conjoint constitué par cet accord formalise la collaboration en matière de gestion des ressources en eau entre le Mali et le Burkina Faso. Il est signé par deux ministres représentant leur pays respectif, ce qui donne plus de poids juridique aux projets de GIRE dans le bassin transfrontalier du fleuve Sourou.
In 2008 GWI began a sustainable sanitation project in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Senegal. We focused primarily on implementing ‘demonstration latrines’ in rural areas, where the culture of open defecation (OD) and non-hygienic disposal of children’s faeces was widespread. However, demonstration latrines (particularly the government promoted Ventilated Improved Pit latrine) proved ineffective in terms of cost, sustainability and replication.
Inter-municipal water days are a fun and useful way of running community water and sanitation training with several municipalities simultaneously, as well as providing an opportunity for fruitful 2-way communication between local people and their elected representatives. As described in this document, organising the day itself is a complex process, requiring the involvement of multiple stakeholders. Such days proved popular however, and funds permitting, other municipalities hope to host similar events in the future.
Municipal Water Days are an opportunity for fruitful 2-way communication between local people and their elected officials. This document describes in detail the successes and challenges of organising municipal water days in the Komondjari province of Burkina Faso. GWI piloted an Inter-municipal Water Day, as well as holding a Cleanliness Day where a group of women and young people cleaned the village thoroughly and gave hand-washing demonstrations.