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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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

The 4th Session of the Ministerial Monitoring Committee of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in West Africa was preceded by the 10th Session of the Technical Expert Committee which took place on 24-25 November.

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Toolkit for local financing of operating costs and maintenance of water points

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A major challenge for rural water supply in Africa is ensuring the operation of water points in a sustainable manner. With a view to helping local governments and communities to ensure sustainable access to water and sanitation, between 2008 and 2012 GWI West Africa developed  a series of practical guides to enable beneficiaries and key stakeholders to make informed decisions in relation to the choice of technology and water supply systems that best meets their community's needs.

The challenges for small producers in the areas irrigated by large dams - the case of the Bagré dam in Burkina Faso

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This report presents the results of research on the livelihoods of small farmers. The study was conducted with the participation of rice producers based on the irrigated area around the Bagré dam in Burkina Faso. It is part of the activities undertaken by the Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa which aims to define through its research evidence the options for improving the lives of smallholders farming downstream of large dams.

The challenges for small producers in the areas irrigated by large dams - the case of the Selingué dam in Mali

English

This report presents the results of research on the livelihoods of small farmers. The study was conducted with the participation of rice producers based on the irrigated areas around the Selingué dam in Mali. It is part of the activities undertaken by the Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa which aims to define through its research evidence the options for improving the lives of smallholders farming downstream of large dams.

The challenges for small producers in the areas irrigated by large dams - the case of the Niandouba and Confluent (Anambé) dam in Senegal

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This report presents the results of research on the livelihoods of small farmers. The study was conducted with the participation of rice producers based on the irrigated area around the Niandouba and Confluent (Anambé) dam in Senegal. It is part of the activities undertaken by the Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa which aims to define through its research evidence the options for improving the lives of smallholders farming downstream of large dams.

Accord pour l'établissement d'un Comité Technique Conjoint pour le bassin du Sourou (Mali, Burkina Faso)

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Le Comité technique conjoint constitué par cet accord formalise la collaboration en matière de gestion des ressources en eau entre le Mali et le Burkina Faso. Il est signé par deux ministres représentant leur pays respectif, ce qui donne plus de poids juridique aux projets de GIRE dans le bassin transfrontalier du fleuve Sourou.

Guide to delivering Municipal Water Days in Mali

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Communication is often poor between local people and the officials in charge of managing rural water resources. Municipal Water Days (MWDs) aim to bridge this gap and foster mutual understanding and collaboration. Capitalising on their experience, GWI Mali produced this helpful guide to the key steps in organising a municipal water day. Example budgets, village competition criteria, and inspiring participant feedback are all covered.

Rules and regulations, Sourou Cross-border Management Committee (Mali/Burkina Faso)

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The roles and responsibilities of each key member of the Sourou Cross-border Integrated Resource Management Committee (CGTS) are outlined in this document. The presidency of the committee rotates between Mali and Burkina Faso, and when a country presides they also host the meetings. There are 3 functions of the committee: the General Assembly (normally convened once a year), the executive board (meets at least once every 3 months) and the 2 separate country Basin Committees.

 

Formation agreement of the Sourou Cross-border Management Committee (Mali/Burkina Faso)

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Given their shared water resources, the necessity for cross-border collaboration is clear to both communities and governments of Burkina Faso and Mali. This document constitutes the founding document of the Sourou Cross-border Integrated Water Resource Management Committee (CGTS). This committee is made up of an equal number of representatives of the State, local collectives and grassroots organisations from both countries, and exists to advise on all ongoing water management projects in the Sourou basin.

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