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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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

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.

Defining security of land tenure in irrigation schemes in Niger

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In Niger the land converted for public use is now facing a dual problem: on one hand, customary landowners or their descendants claim property rights on this space which supposedly belongs to the State, on the other hand, government bodies who manage this area do not have the legal documents to justify the State's rights over the developed (irrigated) land and, consequently, to protect it. How to ensure secure land tenure for the State on the developed land while preserving the legitimate rights of those working the land?

Defining compensation measures for non-landowning producers at Kandadji in Niger

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Construction of the Kandadji dam in Niger will involve, among other consequences, the appropriation of agricultural land owned by customary holders but also in many cases sub-holdings of other non-landowners. The government offered a long lease of 50 years for owners in compensation for their expropriated property rights.

How should the State compensate for the loss of the right of use by non-landowners farming land expropriated for the development of the Kandadji dam? This study aims to answer this question and proposes the use of a 'contract of occupation'.

As part of its work around the Kandadji dam in Niger, the National Coordination of Users of the Niger Basin (CNU) organised a televised debate entitled "Kandadji : compensation for agricultural land, what lessons to learn?" with the private television channel Canal3 Niger.

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Workshop on irrigated land tenure in the Sahel (Task Force for implementing the 'Dakar Declaration')

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This is the report of a workshop held on 8 and 9 June 2015 in Bamako, Mali, to present and discuss the results of a study on securing irrigated land tenure in the six countries within the Permanent Inter-State Committee for the Fight against Drought in the Sahel (CILSS) in the context of the "Dakar Declaration".

Background

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

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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

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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Official coverage by RTS - Radio Television Senegal - of the 10th experts' meeting on integrated resource management for water for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which took place in Dakar, Senegal, in November 2015.

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