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 This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close.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

Study on distribution of income derived from the sale of electricity from Fomi dam with local communities


This study aims to clarify the legal, institutional and financial aspects for sharing revenue from the sale of electricity produced by Fomi dam with local communities.

Please note that this report is only available in French, for more information please see our work on Guinea.

Local validation workshop on: Analysis of knowledge, tools and capacities for securing agricultural land tenure for local communities affected by Fomi dam


On 17 and 18 July 2014 GWI West Africa and partners held a local validation workshop in Kankan to present the results of a study which analyses the "Knowledge, tools and skills for securing agricultural land tenure for the benefit of local communities affected by Fomi dam"

Feasibility study for a convention between the State and local communities affected by Fomi dam in the Republic of Guinea


This is a feasibility study for the development of a convention between the state of Guinea and the communities affected by the building of the Fomi dam. The study was developed through the financial and technical support of the Global Water Initiative (GWI) programme in West Africa to the government of Guinea in its implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plan (PGES) for the Fomi dam, in accordance with best practice in population relocation and local development.

[Document available in French only]

National forum on irrigated land tenure security in Niger


The national forum on irrigated land tenure security in Niger was held on 7-8 May 2014 in Konni. This event was organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, in partnership with GWI, and implemented by IUCN and IIED, in collaboration with the High Commission for the Niger Valley Development (HCAVN) and the High Commission for the 3N Initiative.

7 May 2014 to 8 May 2014
Konni, Niger

A participatory process for reducing land conflicts in Senegal


This factsheet looks at how GWI West Africa has worked with rural communities in the Anambé river basin in Senegal to raise awareness of local land use planning processes (POAS) in their local areas. This approach has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of conflicts over land in the region, and could be replicated elsewhere.

The Global Water Initiative: Water for agriculture programme in West Africa (2012–2017)


This factsheet provides an overview of the work of the Global Water Initiative in West Africa between 2012 and 2017, which focuses on 'water for agriculture'. The Global Water Initiative is funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the West Africa programme is implemented by IIED and IUCN.

Towards security of tenure for farmers in large scale irrigated rice schemes in the Sahel


The aim of this workshop was to share field-level experience to identify and highlight best practice and thereby strengthen understanding of the challenges around legal status and plot size in relation to securing the tenure rights of farmers in large scale rice irrigation schemes in the Sahel.

2 June 2014 to 3 June 2014
Hotel Mandé - Bamako, Mali

Research published by the Global Water Initiative (GWI) regional programme in West Africa stresses the importance of taking farmer perspectives into account in agricultural policies if food security and returns on investment in large scale rice farming projects are to be achieved.