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Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers writes in his blog "Climate finance and the path to green transition"


Today marked the official launch of the project: Resilience of the Blue Economy and the Coastal Ecosystem in Northern Honduras—MIPESCA

Tegucigalpa 1 November 2016.

Photo: Erick Kaglan, Togo

The regional platform will bring together expertise and funding to manage the West African coastline.

The coastal area of West Africa is home to 31% of the West African population and produces 56% of the sub-region’s GDP.

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Private sector involvement will stimulate job creation and income generation for smallholder farmers.

Last Friday in Washington, NDF’s Managing Director and IDB’s Manager for Outreach and Partnerships Director for Partnerships signed the financing agreement for NDF support to the Climate-Smart Agriculture Fund, an initiative led by the IIC to sti

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African Water Facility (AWF) releases a new publication featuring its co-finance collaboration with NDF to build climate resilience in the water sector across Africa.

NDF grant financing has enabled AWF to assume a leadership position on building climate resilience in the water sector across Africa.

Farmers’ group in Nalang Village, Dhading District learn how to make biochar

Green growth and climate resilient development – these goals were not foremost in the minds of pumpkin farmers in Nalang Village, Dhading District when they agreed to join field trials for producing and applying their own organic fertilizer.

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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.