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 factsheet establishes a foundation for discussions between the state and investors as part of the establishment of a future growth pole at Kandadji in Niger. In Niger, as in other countries in West Africa, the government is developing initiatives to attract private investment in agriculture. In this context, the installation of a “growth pole” based on irrigated agriculture around the Kandadji dam is emerging as an important catalyst for this process in Niger. Proper preparation to enable "quality" investments in Kandadji is crucial.
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.
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.
GWI are tackling sanitation issues in rural regions of Niger in the lower Tarka valley. Our 2008 ‘demonstration latrine’ project made way, in 2010, for Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). CLTS is an approach focussed on empowerment and changing behaviour. This document follows the progress of CLTS in Niger, drawing out noteworthy examples from communities in the Tarka river basin. We show that CLTS has great potential for communities in West Africa where open defecation is commonplace.
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. As well as clarifying the objectives of IWRM, the author explains the legal and political considerations and covers important geological points. GWI Niger witnessed many positive changes through IWRM, such as improvement in farming practices and increased engagement from local water authorities.
The GWI Mali team presented this template for proven solutions at the 6th World Water Forum (held in Marseille in 2012). We document the establishment of the Malian focus group for the repair of water facilities, outlining the problems that were resolved and the potential for wider application of this method. Our approach promotes close collaboration between public and private institutions, since this is beneficial for sustainable water infrastructure. We recommend that all facilities should automatically be replaced after 20 years, through the State Water Fund.
GWI Regional Strategy for West Africa
GWI influencing strategy (2008)
December 2012 activity report to HGBF