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Scoping, options analysis and design of a ‘Climate Information and Services Programme’ for Africa (CIASA): Final report

Graham, R., Ticehurst, H., Leathes, B., Wade, S., Visman, E., Bayley, S., Kane, C., Shongwe, M., Ferreira, T., Amato, R., Bain, C., Boyd, E., Dilley, M., Janes, T., Lumbroso, D., May, S., Oakley, T., Powell, R., Cornforth, R. ORCID:, Ewbank, R. , Washington, R., Hewitt, C., Jones, R. and Moufouma-Okia, W. , (2015) Scoping, options analysis and design of a ‘Climate Information and Services Programme’ for Africa (CIASA): Final report. Technical Report. Department for International Development

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There have been many initiatives to strengthen weather and climate information and services across Africa in the last decade or so, with numerous valuable outcomes. However, it is commonly observed that availability and uptake of information and services is still relatively low and that this represents a threat to social and economic development. The “mainstreaming” of weather and climate information into decision making is recognised to be a multi-disciplinary process involving components that include, inter alia, climate science and information services, translational science (developing appropriate communication approaches and delivery channels) as well as issues of governance to incentivise service delivery and use (as, for example, exists for weather services to the aviation sector). Considerable research has been conducted to improve capabilities in some aspects of these individual components, including pilot projects, generally of sub-national scale, to improve interaction and mutual understanding between climate information providers and users. The UN-led Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) is now providing important guidance for new programmes and fostering and promoting government recognition of the benefits of climate services. However, there has as yet been no major large scale Africa-focussed initiative to comprehensively address the various barriers to progress in an integrated way and to consider also their interactions and dependencies. There is a growing consensus that this lack of a holistic approach lies behind currently limited progress in uptake of weather and climate services. The need for an innovative, holistic approach forms the central motivation behind DFID’s consideration of a new intervention – Climate Information and Services for Africa (CIASA1). CIASA aims to achieve a step change in use of weather and climate information in Africa by addressing, at scale and in an integrated and coordinated way, the very diverse barriers to uptake and use of weather and climate services. Current planning is for a 4-year programme (as Phase 1 and including inception) disbursing £35 million to operational and research investments. It is anticipated that further phases of CIASA may follow. In November 2014 DFID procured a Met Office-led team to scope, analyse options and support design of the CIASA programme. The team comprised weather and climate experts from the UK and Africa as well as representatives from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), and experts in the fields of climate communication and development. This report presents the results of the scoping study and summarises DFID’s selection of preferred intervention options for Phase 1. The CIASA scoping comprised three main phases. Firstly, the Met Office-led Scoping Team developed a set of evidenced-based options for intervention themes and activities, working from DFID guidance in the scoping Terms of Reference and from the Inception meeting. Secondly, the Scoping Team worked together with DFID and other partners to refine the intervention options identified, develop a programme outline, raise options for a regional focus and to consider appropriate mechanisms of delivery and governance for the programme. In the third phase DFID conducted a formal appraisal, independent of the Scoping Team, to select preferred options for region, delivery and governance. Working on DFID selections, the Scoping Team then developed a draft framework for programme monitoring and evaluation.

Item Type:Report (Technical Report)
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Walker Institute
Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:75577
Publisher:Department for International Development
Publisher Statement:CIASA has been renamed WISER - Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa This report has been produced by the Met Office for Evidence on Demand with the assistance of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) contracted through the Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services (CEIL PEAKS) programme, jointly managed by DAI (which incorporates HTSPE Limited) and IMC Worldwide Limited.

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