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Watch the webinar: Demonstration and application of a financial planning tool for African NMHS




July 20, 2018


The USAID funded Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of Climate Information Services (Sustainable CIS) project is developing a financial planning tool that enables African National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) to: build the business case for increased investment from government and donors; identify new sources of revenue and partnerships; and demonstrate financial good practice. The speakers demonstrated the tool and showcased an application by an NMHS – Meteo Rwanda. We invite feedback for refinement and guidance on future usage.

The webinar was run on the 31 July, 2018 and in French on the 2nd August, 2018.

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Facilitator: Jean-Pierre Roux (SouthSouthNorth)


Cathy Phiri (Winrock International) Introduction  to Sustainable CIS project and background to  financial planning tool

Cathy Phiri is a Senior Program Officer for the Agriculture and Enterprise Unit of Winrock International, based in Washington, D.C. overseeing projects in SE Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has 15+ years of experience providing technical, monitoring, evaluation and learning, and administrative and strategic support for a wide portfolio of agriculture focused projects around the topics market systems, economic development and resilience, including contributing to the Sustainable Climate Information Services project funded by USAID. She has implementing experience in senior management field positions in West Africa where she was part of teams that managing a large agricultural value chain development project.

Download Cathy’s presentation here.

Rémi Alquier (Consultant) Demonstration of NMHS Financial Planning Tool

Rémi leads the Business Development of several startups, in various fields such as Agriculture, Water, Internet Services, or Industry Digitalization. Previously he ran the communication and business development of international corporations in the field of Geo-Information and Telecommunications. This took him to work with around 100 countries. Rémi is a member of the European Innovation Council, a group of experts selected by the European Commission to screen the most promising innovative startups as part of its SME Instrument H2020 program. Rémi also mentors incubators, students and startups in personal or company development, and provides strategic consulting to public bodies internationally.

Download Rémi’s presentation here.

Floribert Vuguziga (Meteo Rwanda) Application of the tool in the Rwandan context

Floribert Vuguziga holds a MSc in Meteorology (Climate Analysis and Global Change) from Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, China with the first degree in geography. He currently works for Meteo Rwanda’s Weather/Climate Services and Applications Division as Senior Meteorological Applications Officer (a.i), Focal Point and Activity Coordinator to several projects and programs.

Download Floribert’s presentation here.

Tegan Blaine (USAID Representative) Critical remarks on the application and positioning of the tool within diverse contexts

The list of webinar Q&A’s is available here.