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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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

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

Analysis of the productive systems in the Anambé irrigation scheme (Niandouba and Confluent dams, Senegal)

English

The development of irrigation is one of the priority strategies in the Sahel countries to tackle poverty and food insecurity. At a time when governments are once again committing to increase irrigable areas, it seemed relevant to analyze, in line with the ECOWAS guidelines, the results achieved in large irrigated schemes developed in the 1980s and 1990s to draw lessons for future developments.

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

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

English

Hydroelectric developments have long-term impacts on people affected by the projects (PAP), whether displaced or host. Budgets are included in environmental and social management plans and resettlement action plans to mitigate the impacts of these projects on the biophysical and human environments. However, these one-off actions often lack follow-up and sustained funding after the first 2 or 3 years of operation.

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. 

Irrigation, food security and poverty – Lessons from three large dams in West Africa

English

In recent years, the governments of the Sahel have committed to combat poverty and food insecurity through a significant increase in the development of irrigable areas. For GWI West Africa, this has presented a timely opportunity to analyse, alongside the relevant ECOWAS guidelines, the socio-economic results achieved on irrigated schemes associated with large dams in the West Africa region.

Operations manual in the form of "guidelines" for expropriation in the public interest and compensation of land and natural resources in the Republic of Guinea

English

In the Republic of Guinea, the Land and Property Code does not provide all the details on the practical modalities of expropriation in the public interest and compensation of land and natural resources. This situation explains why tenure-based projects such as large dams, mines or roads deal with this issue on a case-by-case basis without always taking into account the rights of affected populations.

Analysis of the productive systems in the Bagré irrigation scheme (Burkina Faso)

English

The development of irrigation is one of the priority strategies in the Sahel countries to tackle poverty and food insecurity. At a time when governments are once again committing to increase irrigable areas, it seemed relevant to analyze, in line with the ECOWAS guidelines, the results achieved in large irrigated schemes developed in the 1980s and 1990s to draw lessons for future developments.

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.

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