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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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

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

English

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.

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.

Sustainability index of rural water services: Burkina Faso and Niger

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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.

The challenges for small producers in the areas irrigated by large dams - the case of the Bagré dam in Burkina Faso

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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.

The challenges for small producers in the areas irrigated by large dams - the case of the Selingué dam in Mali

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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 areas around the Selingué dam in Mali. 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.

The challenges for small producers in the areas irrigated by large dams - the case of the Niandouba and Confluent (Anambé) dam in Senegal

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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 Niandouba and Confluent (Anambé) dam in Senegal. 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.

Accord pour l'établissement d'un Comité Technique Conjoint pour le bassin du Sourou (Mali, Burkina Faso)

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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.

Lessons learned from GWI’s experience of CLTS in Niger

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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.

Report on organising Municipal Water & Sanitation Days in Burkina Faso

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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.

 

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