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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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

 



Making agricultural advice work for smallholder farmers

June 2015
Barbara Adolph

GWI West Africa

Large irrigation dams in West Africa are not delivering on their promise to significantly reduce the US$1 billion per year of rice imports to the region. Many smallholder farmers cultivating the land irrigated by large dams are struggling to make ends meet.



Obtaining the consent of affected groups: the example of Kandadji in Niger

May 2015
Thierry Berger, Aladoua Saadou

GWI West Africa

Large scale projects such as dams often involve displacing people. Obtaining the agreement and the collective consent of affected groups to compensation measures, in a written form which has legal authority, is not an easy undertaking.



Niger: a local fund to share the benefits of the Kandadji dam

April 2015
Jérôme Koundouno ; Jamie Skinner

GWI West Africa

This fact sheet describes how the economic benefits of Kandadji dam in Niger could provide long-term development for local people through a local development fund, the 'FIDEL-K' (Local Investment and Development Fund for the Area Affected by the Kandadji Dam).



Irrigated agriculture and resilience of family farms – a clash of perspectives

April 2015
Bara Guèye

GWI West Africa

To meet the growing national demand for rice, governments in West Africa are promoting a model of agricultural investment which is oriented towards specialisation and intensification in rice farming, with the aim of increasing both production and productivity.



Final communiqué from regional workshop on implementing the economic aspects of the ECOWAS recommendations on large dams in West Africa

April 2015
Workshop

GWI West Africa

This is the final communiqué of a regional workshop organised by the Water Resources Coordination Centre of ECOWAS (CCRE) in partnership IUCN and IIED and financed by UKAid from the British Government and the Howard G.



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

March 2015
Dr Moustapha Diop, Julien M. Kodom, Kader Sidibé, Sidiki Kourouma, Saliou Chérif Diallo

GWI West Africa

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).



Final communiqué from national workshop on securing agricultural land tenure for communities affected by Fomi dam

March 2015
Workshop

GWI West Africa

This final communiqué draws together the conclusions and recommendations of the national workshop organised by Guinea's Ministry of Energy and Water with the support of GWI West Africa on 4-5 March 2015.



Ex post economic evaluation of the Niandouba et Confluent dams

February 2015
Ibrahima Hathie

GWI - West Africa

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.



GWI West Africa factsheet: Dams in Guinea - proposals for achieving local development

February 2015
Jérôme Koundouno, Jamie Skinner

GWI West Africa

This factsheet looks at how considering the people most directly affected by dam construction projects as partners and beneficiaries allows local and national development priorities to be reconciled.



Global Water Initiative Sustainability Assessment (2007-2012)

November 2014
Harold Lockwood - Agua Consult

Global Water Initiative

Between 2007 and 2012 GWI financed rural water supply programmes across eight countries in the East and West Africa regions, including construction of new and/or rehabilitated rural water schemes and establishment of water committees.

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