Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of Climate Information Services in Africa, Final Report
The USAID funded Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of Climate Information Services in Africa (Sustainable CIS) project sought to answer the question "What are sustainable and effective models for CIS?". The project was carried out by a Winrock International-led consortium that consisted of the Global Framework for Climate Services, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, the Climate System Analysis Group and the AGRHYMET Regional Center and focused on Senegal, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Malawi, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, and Niger, with some research spanning Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) more broadly.
The research focused on developing metrics to assess the capacity of NMHSs, identifying gaps to increase their capacity and sustainability, and developing approaches to bridge these gaps. In addition, the consortium evaluated the market for CIS in SSA, private sector business models that operate in the market, and developed a financial planning tool for NMHSs.
The project concluded that CIS in SSA will only become sustainable if the entire climate and weather enterprise is supported. If part of the system is not functioning, generating and delivering CIS to end users who need it most will be compromised. Systems thinking is key for taking CIS forward in a way that best serves the public. Many components of the climate and weather enterprise in SSA need support to i) strengthen key links in the system and ii) increase collaboration and partnerships across the system.
The research and tools developed by the Sustainable CIS project will help contribute to a better understanding of how to prioritize and support CIS investments and policy reform.
The Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of Climate Information Services in Africa, Final Report summarizes key research, findings and tools developed by the project along with outreach and knowledge sharing efforts to share the work.