New website focuses on dams and family farming in West Africa

News, 15 January 2015
A website has been launched that focuses on large dams, irrigated agriculture, land tenure and family farming in West Africa
The GWI website (Photo: IIED)

The GWI website looks at the impact of large dams in West Africa (Photo: IIED)

The new Global Water Initiative (GWI) West Africa site has a library that contains a wide range of research and policy analysis undertaken by GWI at a regional level and in each of the countries in which it works: Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Senegal.

The bilingual French/English website brings together policy briefings, factsheets and working papers alongside regular news and updates about the advocacy work of GWI and its partners.

GWI West Africa is a research-action and advocacy programme that focuses on:

  • The economic impacts of large dams and irrigated schemes;
  • Policies and practices which improve livelihoods of family farmers;
  • Local governance and benefit-sharing mechanisms for large dams – including access to secure land tenure.

GWI in West Africa is implemented by IIED and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and is one of three regional programmes alongside GWI East Africa and GWI Central America, all of which are funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

•    Read the latest blog by GWI West Africa director Jamie Skinner: Dams in Africa: combining national and local development.


Jamie Skinner (, principal researcher, Natural Resources Group; team leader, water


Jamie Skinner (, principal researcher, Natural Resources Group; team leader, water

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