WISER Phase 2 Support to ICPAC Project (W2-SIP)

W2-SIP a component within Phase 2 of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) WISER programme (Weather and climate Information SERvices). The Support to ICPAC Project (W2SIP) aims to strengthen ICPAC’s capacity to promote co-production, access, uptake and use of climate products and services within the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) region. The project contributes to enhanced resilience and prosperity of GHA countries.

W2-SIP is anchored around four output areas as follows:

Improved data access, forecast services and strengthened co-production systems

This output strengthens ICPAC’s infrastructure, human, and structural capacity to deliver and support seamless forecasts (sub-seasonal, seasonal and longer term) and climate information products that benefit its member NMHSs, IGAD entities and other regional stakeholders. Key activities include:

  • The development – with guidance from the ISPSC - of a consolidated and more objective seasonal forecast production system underpinning the GHACOF consensus outlook and other products.
  • Training of NMHS focal points in use and interpretation of ICPAC’s prediction outputs and increased access and training on outputs from modelling centres. Novel approaches are proposed, including a new November workshop for Foundational Prediction Training to supplement training at pre-GHACOF workshops.
  • In addition to seasonal forecasting, the Foundational Prediction Training will also focus on use and interpretation of sub-seasonal to seasonal forecast outputs as well as new products dealing with climate change timescales.
Improved capacity for user engagement and co-produced climate services

This output strengthens the capacity of ICPAC to be the region’s source of best practice in development of user-led climate information services. In particular, NMHSs as well as regional users and networks will be supported to implement tried and tested methods for climate provider/climate user engagement and co-production of services. Key activities include:

  • Learning events and workshops on the principles, guidelines and strategies for co-production of climate services.
  • Development and delivery of training modules on co-production – assisting NMHSs and regional users and networks to jointly develop climate services.
  • Integrate the co-production strategy into provider/user interactions at GHACOF and facilitate cross-learning activities.
Improved access, uptake and use of climate services at regional and national level

This output will deliver a step change in access and uptake of co-produced weather and climate products and services designed to create transformational change in use of climate information in a wide range of sectoral decision-making in the GHA. ICPAC’s capacity to assist national development of such services will be enhanced through initial focus on selected regional (e.g. the Food Security and Nutrition Working Group) and national users. Learning will be used to revitalise the GHACOF through an expanded range of forecast services (including on climate change timescales) and enhanced user engagement. New or strengthened services include:

  • Exemplar co-produced climate services for Energy, DRR, Food Security, Agriculture and media/communications sectors
  • New and improved ENACTS online climate information products (Maprooms) tailored for the agriculture, water and health sectors
  • Develop ICPAC capacity to take over the lead of the ENACTS initiatives in the region and expand ENACTS to more Member state countries
  • New actionable information on climate change scenarios, including: a Climate Projections Atlas, an ICPAC-led Climate Change Newsletter as well as climate training of decision-maker stakeholders across a number of sectors.
A roadmap to sustain and fund future advancement of the project’s outcome

With a view to ensuring the sustainability of W2SIP achievements we will develop, with the African Climate Policy Centre and other partners, proposals to obtain funding for the following activities:

  • Sustaining the achievements of W2SIP in the development, delivery, and use of improved co-produced climate services in the GHA.
  • Long-term sustaining of the GHACOF process and related regional climate services networks and processes
  • Develop an overall training approach and business case for improving weather and climate adaptation and resilience understanding amongst policy makers in the region.

W2SIP Project Lead and Core Partners

W2SIP is led by ICPAC and is guided by the Project Steering Committee (PSC) which includes the Heads of GHA NMHSs among others.

Project lead: The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), Nairobi Kenya. ICPAC is a specialised Institution of the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the WMO-designated Regional Climate Centre. ICPAC’s strategic objective is to contribute towards enhancing the livelihoods of the people of the region so as to mitigate climate-related risks and disasters.

Core Partners: Under ICPAC’s overall project lead, the core partners in W2SIP leading individual activities are:

  • The Met Office: the UK’s national weather and climate service
  • The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
  • CARE International
  • North Carolina State University

Project Partners


For further information on the W2SIP project please contact the Project Team at wiser at icpac.net