Office of Development Partnerships

Office of Development Partnerships

Closing the Capacity Gap

Scale up effective partnerships for investment in sustainable and cost-efficient infrastructure and service delivery

The upcoming WMO Strategic Plan 2020–2023 sets an ambitious goal – to close the capacity gap on weather, climate and water services between developed and developing countries. Scaling up effective partnerships is one of the Strategic Objectives to achieve this Goal. Delivering on this objective requires moving beyond business as usual and stepping up efforts for scaled-up, coordinated, sustained and increased impact of support to developing countries through strategic partnerships fostered by the WMO Secretariat and its new Office of Development Partnerships.


What is the role of the Office of Development Partnership?

Building on lessons learned from the implementation of the 2016–2019 Resource Mobilization Strategy, the WMO Secretariat and its Office of Development Partnerships act as a:


  • Catalyst – for more and better investments aiming at closing the capacity gap of hydromet services in developing countries
  • Expert advisor – tapping and providing the combined expertise of the WMO institutional network and its partners in support of developing countries
  • Innovator - fostering new ways and mechanisms to increase impact of hydromet investments in developing countries


How to scale up support through Development Partnerships?

To effectively play its roles as catalyst, expert advisor, and innovator, the Office of Development Partnerships is going to focus on three priority areas of action:

a. Mobilizing development partners for scaled-up and more effective support

Building on the outcomes of the 2018 Development Partners Conference, WMO aims to rally on development partners for scaled-up, coordinated, sustained, and impactful investments in hydromet services. WMO will work with the most important providers of development and climate finance, including multilateral development banks, the Green Climate Fund and bilateral development agencies, to connect the dots between increasing but largely scattered resources and investments in hydromet services.

b. Developing WMO expert services advisory capacity

WMO is the United Nations authoritative voice on weather, climate and water. As such, it is incumbent on WMO to ensure that best available science, evidence and expertise is provided in a tailored manner to developing countries and their partners. Therefore, the WMO Secretariat will mobilize technical expertise from the WMO community – including technical commissions, programmes and national, regional and global centers – in support of weather, climate and water evidence-based decision-making and related hydromet projects.

For the provision of this technical expertise, the WMO Secretariat will create a mechanism that will allow countries and their development partners to draw on the knowledge captured in the vast WMO institutional network and programmes.  WMO expert services provided to international development partners will be financed through a cost-recovery mechanism.  Expert services provided directly to developing countries and their NMHSs will be delivered through a proposed Country Support Programme.

c. Establishing a Country Support Programme

The establishment of a Country Support Programme would allow WMO to tap financial resources from bilateral partners through a programmatic delivery mechanism to support developing countries in closing their capacity gap. It will provide targeted and just-in-time "gap filling” technical assistance to developing countries and their NHMSs, focusing on three areas:

Evidence-based policies and decision making - supporting developing countries in prominently bringing weather, climate and water data and research into national policies and corresponding decision making. Emphasis will be on bringing the knowledge contained in WMO internationally-acknowledged products and spearheaded programmes – including WMO Statement on the State of the Global ClimateGreenhouse Gas BulletinGlobal Cryosphere WatchWorld Climate Research Programme, and through the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) – into the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)

Implementing WMO standards and good practices - supporting developing countries in complying with WMO standards, applying good practices, and benefiting from weather, climate and water regional and global information and products

Project preparation advice to climate finance “direct access” entities - providing expert services to the Green Climate Fund and Adaptation Fund national and regional “direct access” entities for the design and implementation of hydromet projects, in collaboration with the respective NMHSs