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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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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Pursuing the discussion on land tenure security (in all its dimensions) in large-scale irrigation in the Sahel with a view to improving policies and practices

English

At a regional workshop held in Bamako on 7 and 8 September 2017, some 50 participants shared recent experiences and achievements in "land tenure security" to enhance learning and implementation by West African stakeholders of results at the policy and practical levels. The meeting was organized by GWI, the Réseau des organisations paysannes et des producteurs agricoles de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (ROPPA) and the Comité permanent inter-États de lutte contre la sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS).

Date: 
7 September 2017 to 8 September 2017
Location: 
Bamako, Mali

Strategic reflection on the contribution of hydropower projects to the sustainable local development of dam-affected areas in Guinea

English

Guinea has launched a strategic reflection around the implementation of a benefit-sharing model for hydropower projects with the affected populations, in collaboration with GWI, through a study and a restitution workshop with stakeholders in the sector. The workshop, chaired by the Ministry of Energy and Hydraulics, was held on 20 September 2017 in Conakry.

Date: 
20 September 2017
Location: 
Conakry, Guinea

Comparative study of the current value of the Sélingué dam and the State's financial results

English

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. The report seeks to nurture the wider debate and reflexion on the costs and benefits of large dams in West Africa. 

Please not that this document is only available in French. 

Irrigated schemes: a practical guide to securing the State and farmers in Niger

English

In Niger, in a context threatening the sustainability of irrigation schemes, securing land tenure helps sustain the investments of the State and the future of farmers. A practical guide, the Guide to securing land tenure in irrigation schemes in Niger, is now available to accompany and facilitate this operation at the national level.  This fact sheet details the context and the issues that led to the development of this guide and presents its characteristics and structure.

A guide to securing land tenure in irrigation schemes in Niger

English

According to the census conducted by the Directorate of Development and Economic Analysis of the National Office for Irrigation Schemes (ONAHA), there are 85 irrigation schemes in Niger today, covering approximately 16,000 hectares and employing more than 40,000 farmers. Under the "Kandadji" programme for ecosystem regeneration and development in the Niger Valley, an additional 45,000 hectares are expected to be developed by 2030.

Jerome Koundouno

Is there such a thing as a good dam-building project? Jérôme Koundouno shares his view on why he thinks a ground-breaking new policy directive could achieve its goal – where large dams power national development while respecting the environment and bringing benefits to all. 

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.

Ex-post economic evaluation of the Bagré dam in Burkina Faso

English

This report conducts an ex-post evaluation of the wealth produced by the Bagré dam in Burkina Faso. It provides a financial assessment of the dams for the state and draws lessons for future intervention anbd planning. The report seeks to nurture the wider debate and reflexion on the costs and benefits of large dams in West Africa. 

The Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa, is an initiative funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and implemented by IIED with IUCN.

Please not that this document is only available in French. 

Ex-post economic evaluation of the Niandouba et Confluent dams in Senegal

English

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. The report seeks to nurture the wider debate and reflexion on the costs and benefits of large dams in West Africa. 

The Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa, is an initiative funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and implemented by IIED with IUCN.

Please not that this document is only available in French

This documentary film was prepared by the National Coordination of Users of the Niger Basin in Niger (Niger-CNU) with private TV channel Canal 3 Niger.

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