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Addis Ababa. 28 April, 2017 (ECA). AFRI-RES, a unique facility to support climate proofing Africa’s long-lived infrastructure investments, was given significant impetus with the formal approval of funding of 5 million Euros by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) for its programme activities.

Nordic Development Fund teams up with ECA, AUC, World Bank and AfDB to operationalize AFRI-RES, a unique facility for enhancing the climate resilience of investments in Africa’s long-lived infrastructure

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Proadapt program in focus at international conference on climate risk and investment.

Leaders and practitioners within climate finance joined for a discussion of common challenges and emerging investment opportunities in climate resilience in the Climate Risk and Investment: Framing Private Challenges and Opportunities conference

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An NDF project testing biochar’s potential as fertiliser in Nepal was commended in April 2017 with an award for best International Development Project.

The award was given to Landell Mills for best International Development Project by British Expertise International. Landell Mills is a UK-based international development consulting firm.

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A project co-financed by NDF will enable the urban poor to better cope with storms and floods through affordable, climate-resilient housing.

On 24 March, NDF participated in an inception workshop for the ADB-led project Sustainable and Resilient Urban Development.

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NDF is co-arranging a one-day workshop on African urbanisation with the Nordic Africa Institute, the University of Helsinki and Finland's Foreign Ministry.

The welcome address will be given by Mr Kai Mykkänen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development of Finland.

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MD Pasi Hellman contributed as panelist for "Climate Finance: Tackling Poverty and Climate Change"

A global development conference organised by Harvard Kennedy School brought together a collection of leaders and experts, current and emerging, from various sections of the "development industry" to meet, share and explore issues relate

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On 28 March, a delegation from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland paid a visit to the rice bran oil plant set up by the IDEAS 2013 winner, Latin Oil S.A.

The delegation consisted of the Deputy Director General of the Department for the Americas and Asia, Eija Rotinen; the Director of the Unit for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ari Mäki; Counselor Tiina N

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Read about NDF’s activities during 2016 in the newly published Annual Report

The NDF Annual Report 2016 can be found in PDF here.

Victor Arcia Gómez, Dean, National Engineering University UNI; Aage Jørgensen, Country Program Manager, NDF; Larissa Korsak, Director UNI; and José Amadeo Santana Rodríguez, Minister of Transport, Nicaragua. Photo: Ileana Holt

NDF participates in opening of academic training course at National University of Engineering in Nicaragua.

The Minister of Transport and Nordic Development Fund inaugurated last week at the National Engineering University (UNI) a Postgraduate Course on Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change Applied to Road Infrastructure.

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Following approval by NDF’s Board of Directors on 8 March 2017, new Environmental and Social Policy and Guidelines


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA Finland), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and NDF met with representatives of 10 other agencies at the Embassy of Finland in Pretoria to highlight latest results from the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme (EEP) for Southern and East Africa (SEA) and share a preview of the way forward and strategic directions for the next phase.

The seminar was hosted by Finland’s Ambassador to South Africa, Kari Alanko, at the Embassy of Finland and timed to coincide with the release of the latest EE

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The NDF-funded "Save the Planet Initiative: An Education Pilot Project on Climate Change for Indigenous and Afro-Honduran communities" launched in Honduras.

Monday February 27 saw the launch of the "Save the Planet Initiative" in the city of Siguatepeque in central Honduras. “Save The Planet Initiative” is a climate change educational project to be based on Rise Up learning materials.

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A blog entry on the Huffington Post's website discusses experiences from NDF projects in the Mekong region.

As part of the NDF-funded Gender and Climate Change, three pilot projects in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia have been carried out successfully.


PROADAPT will finance the development of an innovative tool for assessing climate risk.

Bank of Brazil (Banco do Brasil) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has signed an agreement to fund a new study on Climate Risk, with the objective of investigating potential losses for the agricultural credit portfolio arising from cu


The position offers challenging and varying tasks in a stimulating working environment in central Helsinki. NDF offers a two year contract with the possibility for extension.

More information about the position can be found in the job announcement.

From left: Aage Jørgensen, Country Program Manager, NDF; Christophe Dossarps, CEO, SIF

NDF hosted a seminar today about the International Infrastructure Support System (IISS), an online project management tool to support public agencies in project preparation.

Christophe Dossarps gave a presentation on the IISS, which was followed by a discussion with seminar participants from both NIB and NDF. Mr. Dossarps is CEO of the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation, which is the executing agency of IISS.

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Lao PDR, NDF and World Bank signed financing agreements for a climate-resilient road network project on 7 February.

The Lao PDR Ministry of Finance signed financing agreements with NDF and the World Bank for the Lao Road Sector Project 2 (LRSP2) on 7 February.


NDF will provide EUR 10 million in financing for climate- and sustainability planning to support Latin America and the Caribbean countries in achieving Paris climate targets.

Approved earlier this week by the NDF Board, NDF financing will anchor the NDC Pipeline Accelerator Trust Fund, a new facility established by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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Through a EUR 3.7 million grant, NDF will help improve woodlot management, charcoal production and seed quality in Northwest Rwanda. Jointly financed with the World Bank, the project will improve efficiency and sustainability along charcoal value chains in support of forest landscape restoration and rural livelihoods.

The woodlot management part of the project will encompass forests in Gishwati-Mukura, which in 2016 became Rwanda’s fourth national park.

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Communities in Nepal’s Far Western Mountain Region have long coped with problems of water scarcity. Collecting water for the family’s daily needs is a labor-intensive task that mainly falls to women.