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Dam powers local development

This Reflect and act showcases IIED's work with the Global Water Initiative (GWI) 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.

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Agriculture in large-scale rice irrigation schemes needs to be made to work for both the state, in terms of economic returns and national food security, and for the smallholders whose livelihoods depend on it. When it comes to the development of new dams and large-scale irrigation, more information is needed about their economic viability and how the water, land, and economic benefits can be shared equitably to support local development.

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Global Water Initiative – West Africa