What we do

We are a funding initiative supporting direct early warning action where it’s most needed.  

At a glance

32% of all LDCS/SIDS being supported by CREWS through country programmes 

88% of CREWS supported countries in fragile/conflict situations 

Every CREWS investment is responsive to gender and empowers women

High risk

Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States face the brunt of the climate crisis. People here are more likely to die anywhere else when disaster strikes.

High demand

The climate crisis means prioritizing early warning in trying to adapt. But without the means or capacity.   

Our work addresses all four components necessary for timely, accurate early warning reaching everyone at risk.

You can find more information on our areas of work, actions, and results here

Risk and warning products available via diverse channels and adapted to user needs 

Communities coproduce early warning services so products reach every group, every age, each gender. 

Our added value

All programmes are shaped and steered by our values  

We support customized early warning solutions for nationally defined needs

We put people’s lives and livelihoods first

We directly invest in women’s empowerment for climate resilience of women and men

We use innovation and apply agile solutions for transformational and sustainable change

We mobilize more climate finance and action with each investment

We complement and build on others’ work for coherency, efficiency – and greater impact

Supporting fragile communities

Our values are especially relevant in today’s increasingly fraught world.  

As our operations have grown in scope and geography, so has the number of countries in fragile or conflict situations we support.  

Communities affected by violence, insecurity, displacement and socio-economic distress are further exposed by little to no warning of extreme weather. 

Putting people up front and centre in our work means listening to and involving communities when designing and implementing early warning systems and services. 

 In fragile and conflict-affected situations, it’s making sure no-one is left behind.  

Gender solutions

Women and men access, process, interpret and respond to climate information and early warning in different ways.  

We apply that understanding to how we design and carry out our programmes.  

These ensure investment in weather observation and monitoring skills of women produce more useful services that reach both women and men.  

We empower women in communities by involving them in early warning design and response.  

Their engagement and resilience as primary carers of society’s most vulnerable mean warnings can protect far more people.  

A critical approach if we are to save more lives and livelihoods.