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Niger: a local fund to share the benefits of the Kandadji dam

The economic benefits of Kandadji dam in Niger could provide a long-term source of development to local people through the creation of a local development fund financed by profits from the hydroelectic component of the dam. In Niger, natural resources, including water resources, belong to the people. Any development of these resources must take into account the interests of local communities, now and in the future. The constitution of Niger supports this approach, but changes in the law need to be made to put this into practice.

This factsheet was produced as part of the work by the Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa, which is an initiative funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and implemented by IIED with IUCN.

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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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