NMHS Financial Planning Tools
Many African National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) contend with limited human capital, lack of financial resources, and obsolete technologies. Despite covering a fifth of the world's total land area, and having a population of over one billion, Africa has the least developed weather and climate observation network of all continents, and the network is deteriorating. Developing effective Climate Information Services (CIS) requires considerable investment.
NMHSs in sub-Saharan Africa need reliable revenues to build and modernize observation infrastructure, operate and maintain systems, build staff capacity, and purchase the information technology and communications services required for data transmission and analysis. Existing government and donor funding is not sufficient to allow NMHSs to modernize, and very few NMHSs have generated additional revenue by providing services to the private sector. To address these important gaps, the USAID-funded Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of Climate Information Services (Sustainable CIS) project developed the NMHS Financial Planning Tool and accompanying NMHS Financial Planning Tool User Manual and Sample NMHS Financial Plan to help users:
- understand existing resource gaps
- advocate for adequate public sector resources
- create a strategy to earn additional revenue from paying clients.
The Excel-based NMHS Financial Planning Tool, User Manual, and Excel-based Sample NMHS Financial Plan are designed to be used by staff of NMHSs and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), government officials, donors, academia, NGOs, and other WCIS stakeholders. A key feature of the Tool is its process to identify opportunities for public private partnerships or paying clients and estimate possible revenues and cost savings. NMHSs can achieve greater financial sustainability by collaborating with the private sector to reduce costs and provide services to an expanded range of public and private customers.
Please find the NMHS Financial Planning tools below: