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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.

Photo: World Bank

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).

Photo: LAFREC Project

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.

Photo: TA 7984 Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development

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.

Photo: Aage Jørgensen

IDEAS winner starts production of rice bran oil

The production of a new type of plant-based oil has started in Tipitapa, a small city just outside Managua, the capital of Nicaragua.

Photo: SNV

NDF, ADB, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies hosted a workshop on gender-responsive climate change mitigation in Asia and Beyond in December in Hanoi.

The purpose of the workshop was to share lessons learned from the NDF-financed technical assistance project under implementation in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

Photo: © Daniel Alexander Roca, All rights reserved

The benefits show in improvements of the soil as well as improvement in personal health.

Climate-friendly, green farming initiatives have taken root in farming communities across Myanmar, leading the way for healthier, more environmentally friendly agricultural practices to develop across a region that is heavily reliant on chemical


NDF Board approved EUR 4 million in financing to the Lake Victoria Basin Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production project during its latest meeting in Helsinki.

The latest project approved by the NDF Board reinforces NDF’s commitment to supporting private sector-led green growth in the East Africa region.

Photo: NDF

MD Pasi Hellman represents NDF as a panelist of development partners at the GMS ministerial conference in Thailand.

"Spurring inclusive growth along the GMS economic corridors" was the theme of the 21st ministerial conference of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries, held in Chiang Rai, Thailand, from 30 Nov to 1 Dec 2016.

Photo: CC/Michael Mazengarb

The seminar was arranged by the Nordic Council of Ministers and co-hosted by the Nordic Investment Bank.

A workshop with the topic “New Nordic Climate Finance” brought together around 70 professionals from the Nordic countries including finance specialists from both the private and the public sectors in Helsinki this week.

Photo: MicroEnergy International/Maryana Daykova

NDF gladly acknowledges that a project by the Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) receives a prominent climate award.

The 2016 Best Climate Practices Award given by the International Center for Climate Governance was this year awarded to the project Clean Energy Promotion through Microfinance in Ethiopia.


Job opportunity at the Nordic Development Fund

The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) is an international financing institution focusing on development and climate change projects and programmes in low- and middle-income countries.


NDF supports awareness-raising of its climate change investments

Twenty students from Åbo Akademi University’s Faculty for Social Sciences, Business and Economics visited NDF on Friday 25 November 2016 to acquaint themselves with NDF’s core activities.


In the last days of the annual UN climate summit, COP22, NDF participated in events particularly focusing on the financing and implementation of the national commitments made in Paris.

"From commitments to actions" was the theme of an event that focused on Latin America.


At the ongoing climate summit in Marrakesh, Morocco, NDF presents its activities and achievements in selected climate finance events, together with its co-financing partners, and with particular focus on Nordic climate solutions.

At a side event organised by the Nordic Council, the parliamentary assembly of the Nordic countries, on Tuesday, discussions focused on climate investments and resilience in African LDCs.

Photo: NIRAS

The Nordic Partnership Initiative Pilot Programme for Supporting Up-Scaled Climate Change Mitigation Action in Vietnam’s Cement Sector, also called the Cement NAMA (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action) project was completed in June 2016. The results were presented in a UNFCCC side event at the COP22 in Marrakesh in November 2016.

The cement NAMA project has established a database for Vietnam’s cement sector and defined main components of the NAMA conceptual framework which includes baseline and mitigation options, Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) set-up, lega

Bridge collapse at Licungo river in Mozambique during the floods in 2015

Release of new report co-financed by he Nordic Development Fund (NDF) on the implications of climate change on transport infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa

Roads are a key asset for Africa. They connect villages to economic centres, people to hospitals, children to schools and goods to markets facilitating trade.

An illustration from the cover of the newsletter Climate in Focus 2/2016.

NDF has published Climate in Focus 2/2016

This issue of the Newsletter focuses on the outcomes of NDF projects around the world as NDF's climate-related portfolio matures and results become visible.