There are currently significant levels of investment across Uganda into systems that collect and share early warning information on a range of hazards including: floods, droughts, diseases and conflicts. The UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) has contributed to these early warning systems both at a national level and with a specific focus on the drought-affected sub-region of Karamoja, which experiences some of the highest levels of poverty and vulnerability in Uganda.
The overarching goal of this work was to facilitate an agreement with the key actors in Uganda around a road map for the development of a multi-hazard National Early Warning System (NEWS). This report describes the elements of an effective Early Warning System (EWS) and the generic principles of what constitutes an effective EWS and National Early Warning System (NEWS). It also provides some feedback with respect to Ugandan stakeholders’ perceptions of the effectiveness of existing EWSs.
As part of the report a road map on the way forward for the NEWS has been developed, and an internet-based survey aimed at practitioners in Uganda working on or using the results of early warning systems was produced (see Annex 1 - Results of a stakeholder survey). A summary of the final report is also available.
This report has been produced by HR Wallingford Ltd for Evidence on Demand with the assistance of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) contracted through the Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services (CEIL PEAKS) programme, jointly managed by DAI (which incorporates HTSPE Limited) and IMC Worldwide Limited.