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Several hundred experts and decision-makers from the fields of transport and international development gathered last week in Manila, Philippines, for the biennial Transport Forum arranged by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The theme of this year’s forum was sustainable transport.

As part of its climate change and development mandate, NDF has over a number of years focused on sustainable transport including both mitigation and adaptation-related activities.

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New multi-donor fund will help ADB prepare climate responsive infrastructure investment projects in Southeast Asia

During a visit to the ADB, NDF Vice President and Deputy Managing Director, Leena Klossner, and ADB Director General for the Southeast Asia Department, James Nugent, inaugurated the Project Readiness Improvement

Coastal fishers in Mozambique. Photo: Stig Nygaard, CCL

African Ministers, World Bank and Partners Meet in Mauritius to Catalyze Investments for the Ocean Economy

About one third (31%) of West Africa’s population lives on the coast, where the oceans are drivers for growth and prosperity. They provide jobs, food security and remain an important source of leisure and spiritual value.

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Climate finance readiness is a key issue as the two organisations look to help low-income countries.

A delegation from NDF consisting of Mr Pasi Hellman, Managing Director and Ms Leena Klossner, Deputy Managing Director visited the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Songdo, Republic of Korea, last week to discuss areas

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A fruitful NDF-backed project in Nepal has demonstrated how charcoal fertiliser made from waste biomass can greatly increase farmers’ yields in regions where conventional manufactured fertilisers are a costly luxury.

A workshop organised by NDF in Helsinki on August 22nd spotlighted the many benefits of biochar, aiming to increase donors’ interest in supporting the replication and scaling up of successful work done in Nepal, where an NDF/Asian Development Ban

Photo: Mai Ky Vinh, ICEM

One of the key results of the project is the toolkit for climate resilient urban planning.

Many cities all over the world are vulnerable to climate change and face multiple risks from severity of floods and storms related to, for instance, infrastructure and increasing populations.


The position offers challenging and varying tasks in a stimulating working environment and requires a fair amount of travelling. The person will be based in NDF's office in central Helsinki. NDF offers a two year contract with the possibility for extension or to be made permanent.

For more information about the position can be found in the job announcement.

The deadline for applying is 25 August 2016.

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In May this year, NDF and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) launched the Climate Resilience Markets Project during a large international conference focusing on climate change and the private sector in Cartagena, Colombia.

Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT). The picture is from the Mount Kenya region.

The shortlist for the Nordic Climate Facility’s sixth call for proposals is completed and fourteen applicants will be invited for contract negotiations

The sixth NCF call addresses the theme of “green growth for sustainable livelihoods”. Emphasis is on projects with possibilities to create climate-related business opportunities and sustainable green jobs.

Picture 4: This resident of Nguéniène is very satisfied with the time saved in collecting firewood and the improved indoor air quality when cooking

NDF and the World Bank reviewed results of two participatory projects in Senegal and Benin relating to sustainable use of forestry resources in June 2016.

“Project progress has been slower than planned,” says Martina Jägerhorn, Country Program Manager. “This is typical for projects where the beneficiaries are expected to participate in project implementation.


NDF has published its new newsletter - Climate in focus

The Newsletter describes how Nordic Development Fund supports climate-related projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The issue includes, for instance, an article about new Nordic backing for green finance in Africa.


June 9 - NDF hosted the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, and a senior AfDB delegation for discussions on climate finance cooperation around the President’s High 5s agenda.

NDF and the AfDB have a track record of nearly 25 years of co-finance and collaboration. The visit by Mr.

Global Green Growth Forum 6-7 June 2016. Photo: 3GF

NDF participates in the high-level Global Green Growth Forum 2016 focusing on the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement

Copenhagen 6 June 2016. Nordic Development Fund’s (NDF) Managing Director Pasi Hellman presented earlier today NDF experiences with resilient infrastructure investments as part of a partnership session on Sustain

View over Hamburg and the river Elbe. Photo: Wolfgang Meinhart

Forum for German and Latin American Mayors highlights innovative and forward-looking projects for sustainable urban development

Fast-growing cities all over the world face many of the same challenges when it comes to transport, waste, and energy. On top of this, cities increasingly experience the impacts from a changing climate.

The conference in Cartagena, Colombia and was co-hosted by the IDB, the MIF and NDF. Photo: Boris G, creative commons

The project was launched in a conference earlier this week in Cartagena, Colombia

Successful businesses must interpret the early signs of climate risk, build organisational leadership and invest in effective solutions.

The 2016 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank took place from 23 to 27 May, 2016 in Lusaka, Zambia

May 27, 2016 - NDF joined the African Guarantee Fund (AGF) to lead a launch of the new AGF Green Guarantee Facility at a side event on Wednesday during the annual meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

An audience of more than fifty people including senior management from the AfDB, high level representatives from Denmark, Finland, France, India, Norway and Sweden as well as financial sector partners and press were gathered for the event which t


Climate-health linkages are rapidly emerging as a focus area for development finance. A seminar co-hosted by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Helsinki on 19-20 May 2016 brought together health experts and development financers to map out the way forward.

The Helsinki seminar attracted 54 experts representing major development banks, aid agencies, foundations, universities and NGOs, as well as the host organisations.

From left: James Close, the World Bank, Maria Neira, the WHO, Pasi Hellman, NDF

This week (19-20 May 2016) the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), the World Bank (WB) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-hosting a seminar in Helsinki bringing together health experts and development financers to discuss how projects addressing links between climate change and health should be planned and funded.

Scientific evidence clearly indicates that climate change will have devastating impacts on human health in the absence of adequate preventive and adaptive measures. This issue is an important emerging focus area for development finance.

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A delegation from the African Guarantee Fund (AGF) led by CEO Felix Bikpo visited NDF on Thursday.

The visit came shortly after NDF officially joined AGF as its newest shareholder in April and served to reinforce the close collaboration between the two institutions.

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Addressing climate resilient infrastructure in Africa

The Africa Climate Resilient Infrastructure Summit (ACRIS II) took place in Addis Ababa on 20-21 April and was organised by the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Bank.