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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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

Example of record of community consultation ('procès-verbal') on land tenure for people affected by Kandadji dam

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Example of the official (signed) record of the consultation of one of the communities affected by the Kandadji dam on the issue of the expropriation of their traditional land for 'public use' and the drawing up of a 'lease in perpetuity' (with its terms and conditions) which aims to provide the community with 'just and prior' compensation and secure land tenure.

Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice report for hygiene and drinking water in Burkina Faso, 2012

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The study addresses knowledge, attitudes and practice (KAP) on water, sanitation and hygiene, and Integrated Water Resources Management in the communes of Bartiébougou, Foutouri and Gayéri, Burkina Faso. This participatory study compares results with the 2009 baseline study. It was undertaken in 17 villages and questioned 357 households to identify water sources (wells, handpumps, surface water bodies), annual or monthly payments made, collection times and volumes consumed. 91% affirm that their village can repair the pump if it breaks down.

Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice report for hygiene and drinking water in Burkina Faso, 2011

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The study addresses knowledge, attitudes and practice (KAP) on water, sanitation and hygiene, and Integrated Water Resources Management in the communes of Liptougou, Boundoré and Mansila, Burkina Faso. This participatory study was undertaken in 17 villages and questioned 776 residents to identify water sources (wells, handpumps, surface water bodies), annual or monthly payments made, collection times and volumes consumed. On sanitation, 74% of those questioned did not have a latrine and 95% declared the use of soap. 54% of those questioned had knowledge of water management structures.

Establishing Local Water Committees in the Sirba sub-basin, Burkina Faso

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Local Water Committees are a key link in the chain of governance of water resources, providing a front line response to resolving any issues arising locally. These community-based committees operate within natural hydrological boundaries of river basins, rather than within artificial administrative or political boundaries. This GWI report documents the lessons we learned from establishing a Local Water Committee in the upper reaches of the Sirba basin in Burkina Faso.

Establishing Local Water Committees for IWRM in the Tarka sub-basin, NIger

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This report documents GWI’s experience of setting up a pilot Local Water Committee in Madaoua, in the sub-basin of the Tarka Valley in Niger. We chose this area because it lies at the heart of the most vulnerable part of the Tarka Valley flood plain. We trained a team of 9 local facilitators, who travelled to many villages to raise awareness of the pilot activities. In this report we provide some key definitions in the Houassa language, which were useful in our action planning workshops in this region.

 

Guide to delivering Municipal Water Days in Mali

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Communication is often poor between local people and the officials in charge of managing rural water resources. Municipal Water Days (MWDs) aim to bridge this gap and foster mutual understanding and collaboration. Capitalising on their experience, GWI Mali produced this helpful guide to the key steps in organising a municipal water day. Example budgets, village competition criteria, and inspiring participant feedback are all covered.

Sharing the Benefits of Large Dams in West Africa

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Drawing on the lessons from nearly 50 years of large dam construction in West Africa, we reviewed the literature and consulted stakeholders and governments to better inform the planning of future dams. This research focuses on six large dams in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal, and is particularly pertinent given that 39 new dams are planned in the coming years across West Africa. We argue that sharing the benefits of large dams is in everyone’s interests, and actually reduces costs, since it avoids expensive long-term disputes.

 

Study of the legal status of public land in irrigation schemes in Kandadji

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37,891 inhabitants were displaced when the Kandadji dam was built in Niger. We carried out a study of the legal aspects of such displacement, examining ways for the State to optimise its investment whilst also seeking justice for displaced populations. This study weighs up the various options for managing legal processes within the affected areas of dams.

 

Decree on the creation of a stakeholder platform for water and sanitation at Tambacounda, Senegal

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These 3 documents are sample agreements initiated by GWI for the management and protection of natural water resources in the Ndoga Babacar municipality of Senegal’s Tambacounda region. The IWRM agreement establishes a 9-member stewardship committee, who oversee a no-grazing zone to protect part of the riverine system which is suffering from severe degradation. Alongside this is a land agreement which sets out irrigation regulations.

Local land agreement established at Ndoga Babacar,Senegal

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These 3 documents are sample agreements initiated by GWI for the management and protection of natural water resources in the Ndoga Babacar municipality of Senegal’s Tambacounda region. The IWRM agreement establishes a 9-member stewardship committee, who oversee a no-grazing zone to protect part of the riverine system which is suffering from severe degradation. Alongside this is a land agreement which sets out irrigation regulations.

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