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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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

Analysis of the productive systems in the Anambé irrigation scheme (Niandouba and Confluent dams, Senegal)

English

The development of irrigation is one of the priority strategies in the Sahel countries to tackle poverty and food insecurity. At a time when governments are once again committing to increase irrigable areas, it seemed relevant to analyze, in line with the ECOWAS guidelines, the results achieved in large irrigated schemes developed in the 1980s and 1990s to draw lessons for future developments.

Strategic reflection on the contribution of hydropower projects to the sustainable local development of dam-affected areas in Guinea

English

Hydroelectric developments have long-term impacts on people affected by the projects (PAP), whether displaced or host. Budgets are included in environmental and social management plans and resettlement action plans to mitigate the impacts of these projects on the biophysical and human environments. However, these one-off actions often lack follow-up and sustained funding after the first 2 or 3 years of operation.

Comparative study of the current value of the Sélingué dam and the State's financial results

English

This report conducts an ex-post evaluation of the wealth produced by the Niandouba and Confluent dams in Senegal. It provides a financial assessment of the dams for the state and draws lessons for future intervention anbd planning. The report seeks to nurture the wider debate and reflexion on the costs and benefits of large dams in West Africa. 

Please not that this document is only available in French. 

Development of the profile and system of agricultural advisers and advisory services around the Bagré dam

English

The Global Water Initiative (GWI), in partnership with Bagrépôle and the Union des groupements de producteurs de riz de Bagré (UGPRB), carried out a diagnostic study on the livelihoods of smallholders in 2013. This study found that the service and quality of agricultural advice around the Bagré dam, in Burkina Faso, was neither effective nor adapted to the needs of farmers.

Analysis of the productive systems in the Bagré irrigation scheme (Burkina Faso)

English

The development of irrigation is one of the priority strategies in the Sahel countries to tackle poverty and food insecurity. At a time when governments are once again committing to increase irrigable areas, it seemed relevant to analyze, in line with the ECOWAS guidelines, the results achieved in large irrigated schemes developed in the 1980s and 1990s to draw lessons for future developments.

Institutional diagnosis of farmer organisations around the Sélingué dam in Mali

English

In 2013, GWI initiated a participatory process on agricultural advisory services around the Sélingué dam in Mali, to change the relations between the Sélingué Rural Development Office (ODRS) and farmer organisations (FOs). An action plan was drawn up to define strategic priorities, concrete actions and detailed budgets to improve advisory services and agricultural productivity.

Study on the experience of agricultural advisory services in the new (Kandadji, Famalé and Gabou) and former (Namardé Goungou and Konni) irrigated schemes in Niger

English

In Niger, the National Office for Irrigation Schemes (ONAHA) sought GWI's support to examine how to improve smallholders’ performance in irrigated schemes. In order to improve agricultural advisory services, this study was conducted through a diagnosis of six schemes (Konni 1, Konni 2, Namardé Goungou, Famalé, Gabou and Kandadji) in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the implementation of agricultural advice and water management depending on the age (old, new) and the types of production (rice cultivation, polyculture) of the schemes.

Securing land tenure for farmers in the Sélingué and Maninkoura irrigation schemes

English

This study presents the results of field interviews with farmers, managers and the private sector from the Sélingué and Maninkoura (Mali) irrigation schemes to discuss how the current terms and conditions of the farming contract are implemented. These interviews focused on the functioning of the land management system as perceived by the stakeholders. The aim was to discuss the necessary and possible reforms of land tenure security which might allow a better development of smallholder farms.

Analysis of the productive systems in the Sélingué irrigation scheme (Mali)

English

The development of irrigation is one of the priority strategies in the Sahel countries to tackle poverty and food insecurity. At a time when governments are once again committing to increase irrigable areas, it seemed relevant to analyze, in line with the ECOWAS guidelines, the results achieved in large irrigated schemes developed in the 1980s and 1990s to draw lessons for future developments.

Defining security of land tenure in irrigation schemes in Niger

English

In Niger the land converted for public use is now facing a dual problem: on one hand, customary landowners or their descendants claim property rights on this space which supposedly belongs to the State, on the other hand, government bodies who manage this area do not have the legal documents to justify the State's rights over the developed (irrigated) land and, consequently, to protect it. How to ensure secure land tenure for the State on the developed land while preserving the legitimate rights of those working the land?

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