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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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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Fact sheets/Fiches d'information

Irrigated schemes: a practical guide to securing the State and farmers in Niger


In Niger, in a context threatening the sustainability of irrigation schemes, securing land tenure helps sustain the investments of the State and the future of farmers. A practical guide, the Guide to securing land tenure in irrigation schemes in Niger, is now available to accompany and facilitate this operation at the national level.  This fact sheet details the context and the issues that led to the development of this guide and presents its characteristics and structure.

A participatory process for reducing land conflicts in Senegal


This factsheet looks at how GWI West Africa has worked with rural communities in the Anambé river basin in Senegal to raise awareness of local land use planning processes (POAS) in their local areas. This approach has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of conflicts over land in the region, and could be replicated elsewhere.

The Global Water Initiative: Water for agriculture programme in West Africa (2012–2017)


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.

Preparing for 'quality' investment at Kandadji (Niger)


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.