The context in which decisions are being made is altered by climate change. In order to remain robust and sustainable within the context of a changing climate, policy and planning decisions need to take into account the projected changes in temperature, rainfall and extremes. To generate useful future projections, climate scientists need to understand what weather and climate information decision-makers would need. Key findings from the FCFA Malawi pilot case study is highlighted in this policy brief. It is examined how current and future climate science can enable development and humanitarian policy, planning and implementation that is climate smart and robust to projected climatic changes in the medium to long term.