The DFID-funded Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER programme) aims to empower local communities and decision-makers through a better understanding of weather and climate. It funds a range of activities, from strengthening climate information partnerships to enhancing national climate services.
LTS is developing a monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) approach for WISER.
- The 4-year £35million WISER programme operates across Africa, with a focus on the Lake Victoria Basin.
- The programme partners include the UK Met Office and the Africa climate Policy Centre, based in Ethiopia.
- The Met office is the fund manager, contracting the MEL inputs.
- LTS is leading the MEL development work, with significant inputs from our LTS-Africa team.
Although there have been many useful initiatives to strengthen weather and climate information and services across Africa in the last decade or so, the availability and uptake of information and services is still relatively low. This represents a threat to social and economic development.
WISER aims to address the very diverse barriers to uptake and use of weather and climate services.
With a range of partners and a broad scope, there is an identified requirement for a MEL framework across the WISER programme that will provide a coherent approach for the Met Office, ACPC, DFID and other programme stakeholders.
LTS is ensuring that the programme has a robust MEL framework that can be effectively implemented. The MEL approach will ensure good evidence for learning can be generated about the programme. LTS is developing the log frame, theory of change and MEL plans/guidance for the WISER programme and regional projects. The work is soundly based on existing and emerging understanding of the monitoring and evaluation of weather climate programmes, DFID best practice and link with the International Climate Fund (ICF) indicators where appropriate.
Value and benefits
WISER aims to coherently focus on service delivery and on making a step change in the quality, reach and application of weather and climate information.
This will better inform regional, national, sectoral and sub-national and community level policy, planning and decision-making in Africa, promoting more sustainable development.