How do Concern Worldwide use weather information?
Somalia is a complicated country, home to many different cultures and livelihoods. In recent years, frequent conflict and severe droughts have eroded the ability of many communities to cope. Concern Worldwide began working in Somalia in 1986, responding to emergencies caused by drought, flooding, conflict and food shortages. They continue to respond to emergencies as they arise and also run long-term resilience-building programmes focused on nutrition, health, education, WASH and livelihoods.
The staff of Concern Worldwide, or any other organisation working in Somalia, need to use climate information at three levels - each as important as each other
Unlike an earthquake or a flood, droughts and conflict are 'slow' events. They rarely have a single start date.
It's up to Concern Worldwide and other NGOs in the region to sound the initial alarm if a crisis is brewing.
To do this effectively, they need solid, easily communicable climate data which shows the situation several months in advance of a disaster occurring.
To streamline development funding, more and more finance is now being allocated by donors to consortiums of NGOS.
These consortia have to be able to quickly and effectively allocate funds to the areas of most need.
This requires precise knowledge about the climate and how it interacts with other factors that might be influencing Somalian communities.
Understanding the current and pending climate situation is also a massive part of day to date context monitoring for Concern Worldwide.
They often have to make short-fuse, high-impact decisions based on the needs of communities.
High quality local climate information plays a huge role in that decision making process, both from field based reports and climate data from satellites and models