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Global Water Initiative Sustainability Assessment (2007-2012)

Between 2007 and 2012 the Global Water Initiative (GWI) financed rural water supply programmes across eight countries in the East and West Africa regions, including construction of new and/or rehabilitated rural water schemes and establishment of water committees.

Approximately three years on and driven by an interest in tracking the longĀ]term viability of schemes delivered under these programmes, GWI commissioned two separate reviews to investigate the current status of interventions, as well as the potential for future sustainability. Although the two studies used quite different methodologies, both looked at common areas including technical performance, governance and management systems.

This policy brief draws out the key lessons from both the reviews and concludes that the analysis shows that under certain circumstances community management of point sources can function, albeit with many challenges.

The Global Water Initiative is funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

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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