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Working papers/Études

Study for the establishment of a mechanism for sharing the profits from electricity generated by Kandadji dam


This study proposes the creation of a local development fund as a mechanism for sharing the profits from the electricity generated by the Kandadji dam with affected populations, it also provides guidance on the setting up of the fund as well as the changes in Niger's legislation (specifically the Electricity Code) that would have to be made. The fund would be known as the 'Local Investment and Development Fund for the Area Affected by the Kandadji Dam' (FIDEL-K).

Resettlement, compensation and rights of local populations in the area of the Taoussa dam (Mali)


This study, conducted on the conditions of populations displaced by Taoussa development project, intends to analyze the nature of the "social contract" between the state and local communities around the dam. The material terms and the legal framework for their resettlement will be analyzed, firstly, to assess their effectiveness, achievements and limits to feed into the debate on benefit-sharing around dams and, secondly to formulate recommendations to influence the process in the interest of all parties.

Study on distribution of income derived from the sale of electricity from Fomi dam with local communities


This study aims to clarify the legal, institutional and financial aspects for sharing revenue from the sale of electricity produced by Fomi dam with local communities.

Please note that this report is only available in French, for more information please see our work on Guinea.

Literature review on support for farmer innovation in the context of large dams in West Africa


This literature review was based on the case of thirteen large dams in West Africa with the aim of building understanding of the various interventions used to support farmer innovation and share lessons learned and recommendations. The challenges farmers face in terms of food security and well-being at present are often linked to the control of water resources. A number of measures have been taken to address this in Africa and across the world, including the construction of dams of different sizes and with different functions (e.g. agricultural, hydropower).

Feasibility study for a convention between the State and local communities affected by Fomi dam in the Republic of Guinea


This is a feasibility study for the development of a convention between the state of Guinea and the communities affected by the building of the Fomi dam. The study was developed through the financial and technical support of the Global Water Initiative (GWI) programme in West Africa to the government of Guinea in its implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plan (PGES) for the Fomi dam, in accordance with best practice in population relocation and local development.

[Document available in French only]