The countries of West Africa share the same water resources, often large rivers and drainage basins that cross several countries. In light of this fact, cross-border collaboration is essential for effective Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and to avoid competition and possible conflicts over limited resources.
GWI worked to increase trust, communication and technical collaboration across national boundaries. For example, in the Sourou river basin between Mali and Burkina Faso we helped establish a cross-border integrated resource management committee. This committee, which is part of official intergovernmental co-operation between the two countries, is formed of an equal number of representatives from the State, local collectives and grassroots organisations from both countries. It now gives advice on all IWRM initiatives in the Sourou river basin, ensuring that all stakeholders have a voice in cross-border natural resource management.
The following documents are examples demonstrating successful cross-border collaboration for IWRM.