Co-production in African Weather and Climate Services. Manual, Cape Town: Future Climate for Africa and Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa

WISER The Weather and Climate Services for Africa (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. WISER is a programme of the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), previously the UK Department for International Development (DFID), which is split into two components: one Pan-African, managed by the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC); and the other focused on East Africa, managed by the Met Office, based in the UK. Under the East Africa component, five quick-start projects were commissioned in late 2015 and completed in 2018. A further series of projects comprising Phase 2 started in early 2018 and will be completed in 2020. WISER Phase 2 projects have a focus on applying co-production approaches in order to improve the uptake and use of weather and climate services. One Phase 2 project, TRANSFORM, was tasked with improving the learning and sharing of information between projects, and more broadly. This manual is a key deliverable of the TRANSFORM project and is intended to provide more practical information, drawing on learnings from WISER and other programmes. The TRANSFORM project is a consortium led by SouthSouthNorth with the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) at the University of Cape Town, global consulting services company, ICF, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University. All five organisations, as well as a range of partners engaged in climate services-related initiatives, produced co-production case studies sharing learning based on work they have done under a range of different programmes and initiatives, including: • Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) • Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) • Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) • Enhancing National Climate Services (ENACTS) • Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) • Improving Water Security for the Poor (REACH) • Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR). Learnings from the WISER programme were turned into case studies using input from individual Phase 1 and 2 projects, with assistance from the TRANSFORM team. The manual also builds on the 2017 Guidance on Equitable and Inclusive Co-production for Weather and Climate Services. The WISER programme has also produced a large number of blogs and other materials on the topic of co-production