Climate Information Services Market Assessment and Business Model Review
This research study is part of the USAID-funded Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of Climate Information Services (CIS) in Africa (Sustainable CIS project). The project supports research to design and implement sustainable CIS models within and alongside Sub-Saharan African National Meteorological and Hydrological Service (NMHS). The project focuses on a subset of Sub-Saharan African countries, including Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Malawi, and Mali.
This study aims to (1) assess the current market for weather and climate information services (WCIS) in Sub-Saharan Africa; and (2) identify existing private-sector engagement in WCIS and promising business models for private-sector involvement. Researchers conducted desk research from multiple sources along with primary research. Winrock interviewed NMHS directors or representatives from Cote d’Ivoire, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Senegal. In addition, the team interviewed 14 representatives of private-sector WCIS companies operating in SSA. The report presents the findings of this research and, based on these findings, provides recommendations for donors and areas for further study.