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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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

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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. The objective of the programme was to strengthen the governance of large water management infrastructures (dams and irrigation schemes), while giving special attention to the local people who feel the impact of these projects most directly: the communities affected by the building of the infrastructure, and the existing family smallholders in the irrigation schemes.

GWI West Africa has released a new animation explaining how agreements between government and affected communities can be put in place to ensure large dams bring benefits to all.

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A new animation from GWI West Africa explains how local development funds can provide long-term financing to communities who lose their livelihoods when the construction of dams forces them from their land.

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GWI has released a new animation explaining how policymakers can work with local communities to protect the rights of people affected by large dams in West Africa.

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This documentary film by IUCN, in partnership with ECOWAS, examines the many challenges and opportunities relating to large dams in West Africa through the eyes of the various stakeholders (policy makers, civil society, communities, technical and financial partners) involved.

 

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Towards a shared vision: Advisory services that work for smallholders and government in West Africa’s large irrigation schemes

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Large government-managed irrigation schemes in West Africa are expected to meet the ambitious rice production targets of governments and ensure the livelihoods of small scale rice producers. Functioning institutions are a prerequisite for achieving these sometimes conflicting objectives.

External independent review of GWI West Africa

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The overall aim of this external lesson-learning review of the GWI programme in West Africa was to identify and analyse the policy changes brought about by the programme. Carried out between November 2015 and April 2016, the review sought to gauge the scale of these changes and to understand the conditions which produced them, as well as the factors that influence their longer-term consolidation and institutionalisation. More than 130 interviews were held as part of the review – we are very thankful for this engagement and the candid feedback provided.

Workshop on irrigated land tenure in the Sahel (Task Force for implementing the 'Dakar Declaration')

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This is the report of a workshop held on 8 and 9 June 2015 in Bamako, Mali, to present and discuss the results of a study on securing irrigated land tenure in the six countries within the Permanent Inter-State Committee for the Fight against Drought in the Sahel (CILSS) in the context of the "Dakar Declaration".

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