This assignment for IIED (The International Institute for Environment and Development) looks at dams on the River Niger in West Africa. The Seligue Dam, built on the River Niger and opened in 1982, provides Mali’s capital Bamako and other major cities with electricity. Fishermen work the Selingue lake that the dam created and there is irrigated land behind the dam. However, expectations of the benefits the dam would bring to nearby communities have often remained unmet.