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Sharing the benefits

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. 

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.

GWI West Africa has released a new animation explaining how agreements between government and affected communities can be put in place to ensure large dams bring benefits to all.

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A new animation from GWI West Africa explains how local development funds can provide long-term financing to communities who lose their livelihoods when the construction of dams forces them from their land.

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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.

Securing land tenure for farmers in the Sélingué and Maninkoura irrigation schemes

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This study presents the results of field interviews with farmers, managers and the private sector from the Sélingué and Maninkoura (Mali) irrigation schemes to discuss how the current terms and conditions of the farming contract are implemented. These interviews focused on the functioning of the land management system as perceived by the stakeholders. The aim was to discuss the necessary and possible reforms of land tenure security which might allow a better development of smallholder farms.

Analysis of the productive systems in the Sélingué irrigation scheme (Mali)

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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.

GWI has released a new animation explaining how policymakers can work with local communities to protect the rights of people affected by large dams in West Africa.

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This documentary film by IUCN, in partnership with ECOWAS, examines the many challenges and opportunities relating to large dams in West Africa through the eyes of the various stakeholders (policy makers, civil society, communities, technical and financial partners) involved.

 

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Interview with Mr Jean-Edouard Sagno, President of the Coordination nationale des usagers du bassin du Niger en Guinée (National Coordination of the Niger Basin Users in Guinea, CNU-Guinée) [in French only]
Interview with Mr Jean-Edouard Sagno, President of the Coordination nationale des usagers du bassin du Niger en Guinée (National Coordination of the Niger Basin Users in Guinea, CNU-Guinée) [in French only]
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