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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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

The study addresses knowledge, attitudes and practice (KAP) on water, sanitation and hygiene, and Integrated Water Resources Management in the communes of Bartiébougou, Foutouri and Gayéri, Burkina Faso. This participatory study compares results with the 2009 baseline study.

December 2012 activity report to HGBF

GWI recommends regular monitoring of water points and latrines to ensure that all parts are maintained properly and that any potential problems are identified early on.

Communities have a right to be informed about decisions affecting their water supply.

Indigenous knowledge and community-based actions are crucial to successful water resource management.

GWI are tackling sanitation issues in rural regions of Niger in the lower Tarka valley. Our 2008 ‘demonstration latrine’ project made way, in 2010, for Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). CLTS is an approach focussed on empowerment and changing behaviour.

This report presents graphs of progress made towards meeting the programme outcomes, showing evolution of regional indicators from 2010-2012 in the results-based monitoring of GWI.

Municipal Water Days are an opportunity for fruitful 2-way communication between local people and their elected officials. This document describes in detail the successes and challenges of organising municipal water days in the Komondjari province of Burkina Faso.

37,891 inhabitants were displaced when the Kandadji dam was built in Niger. We carried out a study of the legal aspects of such displacement, examining ways for the State to optimise its investment whilst also seeking justice for displaced populations.

GWI Mali carried out a 3 part monitoring study of hydrostatic levels of improved water points in the Baye, Diallassagou, Ouenkoro and Sokoura municipalities in the 15 months to September 2012.

Multiple Water Use Systems, as the name implies, makes the assumption that water is required for multiple purposes, thereby sidestepping the conventional tension between domestic water supplies and water for irrigation.