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Sharing the benefits

Study of the legal status of public land in irrigation schemes in Kandadji


37,891 inhabitants were displaced when the Kandadji dam was built in Niger. We carried out a study of the legal aspects of such displacement, examining ways for the State to optimise its investment whilst also seeking justice for displaced populations. This study weighs up the various options for managing legal processes within the affected areas of dams.


Dam powers local development


This briefing from IIEDs 'Reflect and act' series showcases our work to improve development outcomes for people affected by the construction of the Kandadji Dam in Niger. It highlights lessons on policy and practice that can be applied across West Africa as a new wave of dams is designed and built.