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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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

Defining compensation measures for non-landowning producers at Kandadji in Niger

English

Construction of the Kandadji dam in Niger will involve, among other consequences, the appropriation of agricultural land owned by customary holders but also in many cases sub-holdings of other non-landowners. The government offered a long lease of 50 years for owners in compensation for their expropriated property rights.

How should the State compensate for the loss of the right of use by non-landowners farming land expropriated for the development of the Kandadji dam? This study aims to answer this question and proposes the use of a 'contract of occupation'.

Ex-post economic evaluation of the Bagré dam in Burkina Faso

English

This report conducts an ex-post evaluation of the wealth produced by the Bagré dam in Burkina Faso. 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. 

The Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa, is an initiative funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and implemented by IIED with IUCN.

Please not that this document is only available in French. 

Ex-post economic evaluation of the Niandouba et Confluent dams in Senegal

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. 

The Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa, is an initiative funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and implemented by IIED with IUCN.

Please not that this document is only available in French

Linking demand and supply of agricultural advice around large dams: the case of Niandouba and Confluent in Senegal

English

This study is part of a process of action research on agricultural advisory services in three pilot sites in Burkina Faso (Bagré), Mali (Sélingué) and Senegal (Niandouba) in the context of the Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa. GWI West Africa's work focuses on improving the livelihoods of family farmers around large dams.

The Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa, is an initiative funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and implemented by IIED with IUCN.

Linking demand and supply of agricultural advice around large dams: the case of Bagré in Burkina Faso

English

This study is part of a process of action research on agricultural advisory services in three pilot sites in Burkina Faso (Bagré), Mali (Sélingué) and Senegal (Niandouba) in the context of the Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa. GWI West Africa's work focuses on improving the livelihoods of family farmers around large dams.

The Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa, is an initiative funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and implemented by IIED with IUCN.

Linking demand and supply of agricultural advice around large dams: the case of Sélingué in Mali

English

This study is part of a process of action research on agricultural advisory services in three pilot sites in Burkina Faso (Bagré), Mali (Sélingué) and Senegal (Niandouba) in the context of the Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa. GWI West Africa's work focuses on improving the livelihoods of family farmers around large dams.

The Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa, is an initiative funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and implemented by IIED with IUCN.

Synthesis: Knowledge, tools and capacity for land tenure security for people affected by the Fomi dam

English

This is a synthesis of the GWI West Africa working paper entitled "Knowledge, tools and capacity for land tenure security for people affected by the Fomi dam". It summarises the main conclusions and recommendations for ensuring land tenure security for the 120,000 people affected by the Fomi dam project.

Knowledge, tools and capacity for land tenure security for people affected by the Fomi dam

English

The Fomi dam project is located on the Niandan tributary of the Niger in Guinea, 30 km upstream of the Niandan-Niger confluence, near Kankan (region of Upper Guinea). In development since 1988 with an update of the feasibility study in 1999, the Fomi project is integrated in the Sustainable Development Action Plan (SDAP) of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) since 2007. An Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, consisting of an Environmental and Social Management Plan, Involuntary Resettlement Plan and a Local Development Plan, was completed in 2010.

Analysis of the legal texts and reforms needed for the management of irrigated land in Niger

English

The start of the work of the Kandadji Programme, for the construction of the Kandadji dam, has provided the opportunity to analyse and reflect on the legal texts relating to irrigated land in Niger. This has led to strong recommendations for improving the legal framework for the management of public land, particularly irrigated land.

Development of an emphyteutic ('long-term') lease for fair compensation in the context of the Kandadji dam programme in Niger

English

The Kandadji dam, currently under construction in Niger, will displace 38,000 people. The High Commission for the Development of the Niger Valley (HCAVN), in accordance with national law, is committed to compensating people for the traditionally-owned land that they will lose.

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