Benefits of Co-production in Eastern Africa

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By David Luganda -NECJOGHA

Weather and climate services are concerned with providing weather and climate information at a variety of timescales that is tailored, targeted and communicated meaningfully to users. The intention is that it effectively enables decision-making for adaptation to the adverse impacts of climate variability and change.

Weather and climate “services” differ from weather and climate information in that they are directly responsive to the needs of users of the services. For weather and climate services to be usable, they must be credible, legitimate and salient for a range of stakeholders.

This requires service producers to take an inclusive approach to the construction of usable weather and climate information, in which users play an active role in helping to define, develop, and refine the services.

Co-production is variously defined but a review of the literature highlights key elements (Vincent et al, 2017a). Importantly, these findings illustrate that the process of co-production is equally as important as the product that results.

Good practice in co-production requires that the weather and climate service itself exhibits several characteristics, and the process of developing that service is based on certain principles .

An effectively co-produced weather and climate service should be decision-driven, process-based, and time[1]managed. In order to achieve this, the team involved should be aware that the process of co-production needs to be inclusive, collaborative and flexible. ( Source: Guidance on Equitable and Inclusive co-production for Weather and Climate Services )

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