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.
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.
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.
The regional workshop on the theme "Implementation of the ECOWAS recommendations on the economic aspects of major water infrastructure in West Africa
The work of GWI West Africa was featured in the April 2016 edition of International Water Power and Dam Construction magazine, in an article entitled: Building better dams by sharing the benefits. You can read the original article in full by clicking on the pdf below.
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".