GWI’s approach to Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in our five programme countries was developed in the context of increasing decentralisation across West Africa. This brought both challenges and opportunities. We found public and private sector interests in water to be divergent and often opposing, which made an integrated approach all the more important. Moreover, working in a decentralised environment showed that democracy and transparency are crucial in making local governance structures work efficiently and effectively for IWRM.
We engaged local water authorities as well as representatives of stakeholder-led water committees in planning how best to use and conserve water equitably and sustainably. We facilitated participatory discussions about the management of specific water resources such as check dams, and helped draft agreements for the development and management of water resources at sub-basin level.
The documents listed below all capitalise on what we have learnt about making decentralised structures work for IWRM.