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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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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Hydrological studies like this one play an important role in the sustainable management of water supplies, particularly as they should help reduce the long-term costs of borehole maintenance.

GWI commissioned this assessment of Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) committees in the Upper West region of Ghana, 3 years into their operations. Each of the 32 project communities in this region have a WATSAN committee, composed of approximately 9 local people (men and women).

GWI commissioned this assessment of Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) committees in the Upper West region of Ghana, 3 years into their operations.

In terms of drinking water and sanitation, the general law on decentralised government and the law on water management, including all the associated texts, provide the essential framework for public intervention in the field of water.

An educational graphic designer worked with GWI to produce this set of accessible images that communicate the principles of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM).

GWI Niger saw the 3-year milestone as a key moment to assess the impact of its IWRM programme. This report encompasses 2 practical themes: successes seen so far and improvements needed.

GWI activities in the Sirba basin are described, covering six municipalities in the East and Sahel Regions with 34 intervention villages.  Five local water management committees were set up and their intervention area within the Sirba basin determined.

The Joint Technical Committee formed by this agreement represents an official collaboration on water resource management between Mali and Burkina Faso.

This concise and accessible GWI guide clearly outlines the steps required before, during and after the construction of water points, which must all be completed before the management of the water points is transferred to the community.

Maintaining water facilities and infrastructure is a widespread challenge in the Malian section of the Sourou sub-basin.

In order for a community to monitor the construction of a water supply, they must first understand the necessary principles of engineering.

Quality assurance is a vital part of the construction of water infrastructure. This practical document outlines GWI’s approach to building long-lasting water supplies in West Africa.