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Assuring Quality: an approach to building long-lasting infrastructure in West Africa



Quality assurance is a vital part of the construction of water infrastructure. This practical document outlines GWI’s approach to building long-lasting water supplies in West Africa. Important steps include organising projects in a clear, formal and thorough way (see enclosed checklist), methodically checking the skills of contractors, the materials and the equipment used to make sure they are adequate, and ensuring transparency at all stages. Our approach to quality assurance helped us achieve long-lasting community ownership of projects by involving local people in the supervision of the construction.

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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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