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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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

GWI West Africa is implemented by IIED and IUCN and works in five focus countries: Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger, and Senegal – as well as regionally. We work closely with government, donors, farmers, river basin organisations, NGOs and research communities at local, national, regional and international levels. You can find out more by reading about Our partners.  

IIED is a policy and action research organisation promoting sustainable development and linking local priorities to global challenges. We are based in London and work on five continents with some of the world’s most vulnerable people to strengthen their voice in the decision-making arenas that affect them.

IUCN is the world’s largest global environmental network. The IUCN Water Programme seeks to support and develop sustainable solutions and initiatives for fresh water, and works in over 30 countries to mainstream environmental issues in water resource planning and management, for the benefit of people and nature.

The GWI West Africa team works across IIED offices in Edinburgh and London, and IUCN offices in Ouagadougou, Bamako, Dakar and Niamey – you can find out more about who we are and what our roles are below. In addition, we involve long term research partners in all five countries who also form part of the wider 'team'.


Jamie Skinner Jamie Skinner Director, GWI West Africa
Jérôme Koundouno Regional coordinator, GWI West Africa
Barbara Adolph Barbara Adolph Research lead for Empowering smallholders
Jeremy Davis's picture Jérémy Davis Publications coordinator, GWI West Africa
Marcello Rocca Communications advisor, GWI West Africa
Moumini SAVADOGO Moumini Savadogo GWI Burkina Faso coordinator
Image result for grey square Serge A. Sedogo GWI Burkina Faso consultant
Modou DIOUF Modou Diouf GWI Senegal coordinator
Kiari Zeibada GWI Niger coordinator
Image result for grey square Yaya Diallo Director, Guinée Ecologie