DFID is considering a new programme on climate information and services
in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), building on existing initiatives and a
providing a step change in the use of climate information to support
poverty reduction and promote socio-economic development.
As part of the scoping for the design of the Climate and Information
Services for Africa programme (CIASA), this report provides a short
literature review on user needs, gaps and potential intervention
options. It adopts the structure of the Global Framework for Climate
Services (GFCS) with individual sections on ‘Users’, ‘User Interface
Platforms (UIPs)’, ‘Climate Services Information Systems’, ‘Observations
and Monitoring’, ‘Research, Modelling and Prediction’ and ‘Capacity
Development’. The review identified a number of gaps in climate
services, which were then considered alongside other evidence in a
synthesis report and for the design of intervention options.
CIASA has been renamed WISER - Weather and Climate Information Services
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.
Graham, R.; Visman, E.; Wade, S.; Amato, R.; Bain, C.; Janes, T.; Leathes, B.; Lumbroso, D.; Cornforth, R.; Boyd, E.; Parker, D. Scoping, options analysis and design of a Climate Information and Services Programme for Africa (CIASA): Literature review. Evidence on Demand, UK (2015) iv + 105 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_cr.may2015.grahamr]