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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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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The 78th ordinary session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, held in Monrovia, Liberia, on 1 and 2 June 2017, adopted the Directive on the development of hydraulic infrastructures in West Africa.

Stakeholders in the irrigation and rural land tenure areas in Niger met on 16 and 17 June in Konni to approve the guide that will allow to carry out land tenure securing operations in all the irrigated schemes throughout the country.

The work of GWI West Africa was featured in the April 2016 edition of International Water Power and Dam Construction magazine, in an article entitled: Building better dams by sharing the benefits.

The water ministers of the 15 countries that make up the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) have approved a proposal for a directive on large water infrastructure which would ensure future developments - particularly large dams - respect the environment and benefit all, including

The Global Water Initiative in West Africa will be at this year's World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden from 23-28 August, 2015.

Large dams in West Africa will be under rare scrutiny as government representatives and economic experts from the 15 states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) meet in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 25 and 26 March to share findings and experience from economic evaluations of

Representatives from the ministries of Energy and Water, Agriculture, and Urban and Rural Planning will meet in Conakry on 4-5 March to discuss reforms for governing expropriation of land and compensation for smallholder farmers displaced by large public interest infrastructure projects.

Rural communities in the Anambé river basin in Senegal have been raising awareness of local land use and allocation plans (POAS) in their local areas.

Research published by the Global Water Initiative (GWI) regional programme in West Africa stresses the importance of taking farmer perspectives into account in agricultural policies if food security and returns on investment in large scale rice farming projects are to be achieved.

On 7-8 May, in the town of Konni, Niger's Minister of Agriculture will chair a national forum on legal protection of land tenure in irrigated areas.