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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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 water ministers of the 15 countries that make up the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) have approved a proposal for a directive on large water infrastructure which would ensure future developments - particularly large dams - respect the environment and benefit all, including

Securing agricultural land tenure for communities affected by Fomi dam (Guinea)

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A national workshop on securing agricultural land tenure for communities affected by Fomi dam in Guinea was held in Conakry on 4-5 March 2015. The workshop was co-hosted by Guinea's ministries of Energy and Water, Agriculture, and Rural and Urban Planning with the support of GWI West Africa.

Date: 
4 March 2015 to 5 March 2015
Location: 
Conakry, Guinea

Synthesis: Knowledge, tools and capacity for land tenure security for people affected by the Fomi dam

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This is a synthesis of the GWI West Africa working paper entitled "Knowledge, tools and capacity for land tenure security for people affected by the Fomi dam". It summarises the main conclusions and recommendations for ensuring land tenure security for the 120,000 people affected by the Fomi dam project.

Knowledge, tools and capacity for land tenure security for people affected by the Fomi dam

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The Fomi dam project is located on the Niandan tributary of the Niger in Guinea, 30 km upstream of the Niandan-Niger confluence, near Kankan (region of Upper Guinea). In development since 1988 with an update of the feasibility study in 1999, the Fomi project is integrated in the Sustainable Development Action Plan (SDAP) of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) since 2007. An Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, consisting of an Environmental and Social Management Plan, Involuntary Resettlement Plan and a Local Development Plan, was completed in 2010.

Jerome Koundouno

The recent Stockholm World Water Week provided plenty of opportunities to explore the links between water and land rights, and the importance of these rights for ens

Land tenure conditions and the viability of irrigated rice farming

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Analysis of land allocation strategies in irrigated agriculture schemes in West Africa yields lessons which can guide the design and implementation of current and forthcoming projects. Allocation of insufficient land makes the main purposes of large dam projects – to combat poverty and to increase national cereal production – more difficult to achieve. Research by the Global Water Initiative (GWI) at three dam project sites in West Africa shows that the area of land allocated per family is usually about 1 hectare (ha).

National exchange and validation forum on the improved operating contract for ONAHA's irrigated agricultural schemes

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The national exchange and validation forum on the improved operating contract for ONAHA's irrigated agricultural schemes was held on 6 August 2015 in Konni. This event was organised by the National Office for Irrigation Schemes (ONAHA), in partnership with GWI, and implemented by IUCN and IIED.

Date: 
6 August 2015
Location: 
Konni, Niger

The Global Water Initiative in West Africa will be at this year's World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden from 23-28 August, 2015.

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