The Weather Information Dissemination System (WIDS) is a seed project of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) which is being implemented by the Makerere University, Uganda in collaboration with some Universities and National Hydrological and Meteorological Services (NHMSs) in East and West Africa. WIDS is currently running in Uganda and Tanzania and now being implemented in South Sudan, Nigeria and Ghana. In Ghana, Regional Institute of Population Studies (RIPS) in partnership with Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) are collaborating to implement the dissemination system.

The project seeks to explore how to improve weather and climate information management in Ghana for effective service provision through the application of suitable Information Communication Technologies (ICTs).


  • WIDS is designed to provide real-time and accurate weather/climate information to stakeholders.
  • It aims at providing mobile USSD and web interface platforms to capture weather products such as forecasts, weather advisories and warnings to the public.