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Objective and Scope

The CREWS initiative supports LDCs and SIDS to significantly increase the capacity to generate and communicate effective, impact-based, multi-hazard, gender-informed early warnings to protect lives, livelihoods, and assets.

What is CREWS

CREWS is a mechanism that funds Least Developed Countries (LDC) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) for risk informed early warning services, implemented by 3 partners, based on clear operational procedures. 

How we work

The Implementing Partners work directly with partner countries to build their capacity, improve their observation infrastructure, forecasting and service delivery, as well as their readiness to operationalize external funds.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee of the CREWS Trust Fund oversees the operations and activities of the CREWS Initiative. It comprises Decision-Making (Contributing) Members and Observers.

Implementing Partners

CREWS is a collaboration between the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).


The World Bank serves as the Trustee for the CREWS Trust Fund. The Trust Fund was established in September 2016. It administers the funds and reports regularly to the Steering Committee.


The Secretariat is hosted and managed by WMO in Geneva. The Secretariat supports CREWs operations, the work of the Steering Committee and receives and reviews project proposals.