The WISER programme's mission is to deliver transformational change in the quality, accessibility and use of weather and climate information services at all levels of decision making for sustainable development in Africa.
- Focus on service delivery, directed by user needs, which support poverty reduction and development
- Work holistically to inform climate risk decision making bringing together research, policy and practice
- Work with regional, national or sub-national plans, which have involved users
- Work through existing and mandated organisations and channels where possible and appropriate
WISER is funded with UK aid from the British people and will deliver maximum value for money by working in partnership and collaboration, capacity building and leveraging funds to ensure long term sustainable delivery and improvement of weather and climate services in Africa.
Fund management and technical leadership
The Met Office has been commissioned by the UK government's Department for International Development (DFID) to act as fund manager for the East Africa component of the programme, focussing on the Lake Victoria Basin and surrounding region (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda). This component aims to improve the quality and relevance of weather and climate information and support its uptake and use. It is envisaged that this regional initiative will provide a 'proof of concept' to inform the development of other regional initiatives in potential subsequent phases.
The Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) is acting as fund manager for the pan-African component of WISER, focussing on improving the governance and enabling environment for weather and climate services.
As fund managers, the Met Office and ACPC will provide technical leadership and programme development, allocating funds for WISER projects. Details of opportunities as they arise will be available on our WISER programme opportunities page.
Under the East Africa component five quick-start projects using WISER funding were commissioned in late 2015 and commenced work early in 2016. Information on each of these is available on the pages below. In the commissioning of future projects, applications will be invited to access WISER funding in line with a WISER strategy which is being developed. Details of any open application rounds can be found on our WISER programme opportunities page.
For information on projects under the pan-African component please contact ACPC.