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Fast-growing urban populations mean more and more waste going to uncontrolled landfills, making waste management a major challenge of our time. Now, a program catalysed by NDF funding is transforming Mozambique’s waste sector, promoting a new circular economy and environmental health, while helping the government deliver on Paris climate promises.

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NDF Managing Director, Karin Isaksson is on the jury of the West Africa Coastal Areas Program (WACA) Call for Innovation Demo Day and Award Ceremony

The event, hosted by the WACA program and co-hosted by World Bank, features Karin Isaksson, Managing Director of NDF, World Bank Directors Deborah Wetzel, Imad Fakhoury, and Simeon Ehui,

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The Nordic countries have committed to a EUR 350 million capital increase for NDF designed to deliver Nordic values and much needed finance to fight climate change in developing countries.  

As the global climate crisis collides with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Nordic governments of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are pledging to commit knowledge and new resources to build back better and greener.

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The aim is to create an enabling investment environment for scaling up the sustainable energy sector in the region

This week, NDF joined the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA).

Mekong River transport, Vietnam

NDF, in partnership with the Asian Development Bank, is helping countries build a pipeline of well prepared, technically sound and climate change responsive projects through the Project Readiness Improvement Trust Fund

ADB’s multi-donor Project Readiness Improvement Trust (PRI Fund) has been supporting eligible ADB Developing Member Countries (DMCs) in Southeast Asia to build a pipeline of climate resilient design- and procurement-ready infrastructure pro

EUR 8.3 million allocated to clean energy companies with strong representation from local and women entrepreneurs
The EEP Africa Innovation Window Investment Committee met virtually on 23 September to approve funding for projects submitted under the 2020 call for proposals on Clean Energy Powering Green Growth.
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Proadapta Sertao in Brazil is a grass roots community agricultural project helping small livestock and dairy farmers tackle food insecurity and land degradation, in the face of increasing temperatures and recurrent droughts

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Zembo is revolutionising the motorcycle taxi market in Uganda. Learn about their innovative business model in the latest EEP Africa case study

Motorcycle taxis, known locally as boda bodas, are a main form of transportation in many East African cities and one of the leading causes of noise and air pollution.
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The Nordic Climate Facility’s (NCF’s) newly-published Results Report 2019 shows positive climate change and development results from grant-financed activities last year

The Nordic Climate Facility’s (NCF’s) active portfolio supported 13,500 people in 2019: 6,500 with increased resilience to climate change and 7,500 with improved livelihoods, as well as 460 reported new jobs.

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Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) project is reducing vulnerability to climate change in rural Nepal by supporting local business development based on forest-land-management renewable energy initiatives

Through participatory agroforestry initiatives, the project benefitted 5,000 households constituting vulnerable indigenous and marginalised people.

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EEP Africa's new portfolio of 18 projects featuring women in leadership and gender inclusion have launched implementation in 2020

The new projects stem from a competitive call for proposals in 2019 aimed at advancing women in leadership in clean energy.
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Country-wide climate vulnerability assessment paves the way for Zambia's new resilient road system

Climate change is happening now, and globally our means of collecting, measuring and analysing climate impacts are advancing rapidly.
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This is the third article in a series introducing Proadapt, a regional initiative funded by IDB in partnership with NDF, to build climate resilience in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean. The article highlights two urban-centric climate resilience projects now underway: an initiative to drive cooking oil recycling in Brazil and an education and training program promoting resilient construction on the vulnerable coastline of Belize.

1. Cooking oil take-back program targets climate resilience while tackling water pollution in São Paulo
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We offer challenging and varying tasks in a dynamic working environment in NDF's office in central Helsinki.

The Nordic Development Fund now seeks to recruit an Environmental & Social Safeguards Specialist to coordinate work in the area of environmental and social safeguards compliance including gender equality.
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We offer challenging and varying tasks in a dynamic working environment in NDF's office in central Helsinki.

The Nordic Development Fund now seeks a Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist. This position is new and part of the Quality Assurance and Reporting department within NDF.

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In a tree nursery in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, a Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) project supports local women in growing more sustainable and inclusive livelihoods – one seedling at a time

With funding from NCF and the support of NEPCon, Spark and SEPON, a nursery in the Cam Lo district has joined an innovative and comprehensive project in the province.


Loan financing stemming from the EEP Africa Catalyst window will accelerate REDAVIA’s C&I Solar Leasing Model with SMEs in Ghana and Kenya

NDF launched the EEP Catalyst window in 2019 as a pilot to provide follow-on debt financing to successful companies from the EEP Innovation grant portfolio.
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NDF launches first-of-its-kind study on private-sector climate resilience solutions


EEP Africa achieved its full operational stride under NDF management in 2019 with a growing portfolio of 45 projects and expanded focus on women in leadership and local entrepreneurs

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The NDF-funded project has the potential to help Bangladesh Railway reduce CO2 emissions and black carbon by as much as 3 million tons cumulative up until 2030 and by around 450,000 tons per year after that.

In partnership with ADB, NDF has completed a round of technical assistance as part of a larger upgrade program by the state-owned Bangladesh Railway, which could have far-reaching environmental, social and economic gains for the country.