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NDF and African Guarantee Fund sign Memorandum of Understanding for Green Finance

During the Annual General Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB), NDF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African Guarantee Fund (AGF) to collaborate on promoting lending to African SMEs involved in climate change mitigat

Photo: Ministry of Rural Development, Cambodia

Climate Change adaptation in the transport sector brings results in Cambodia

The Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) of Cambodia received a grant from NDF in 2010 for the financing of climate change adaptation measures in the road transport sector.

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The report Nordic Climate Finance Opportunities - The NCF case study, has been financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers

Nordic funding aimed at mitigating or adapting to climate change in developing countries needs to be upgraded in such a way that good pilot projects can be upscaled and replicated.

Photo: Torbjörn Damhaug

On 6 May 2015, the Board of Directors approved additional financing of EUR 4 million for the Senegal Flood Risk Management (PROGREP) project

The objective of the initial PROGEP was to improve stormwater drainage and flood prevention in peri-urban areas of Dakar for the benefit of local residents.

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NDF hosted an event with Ari Huhtala from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network who discussed climate-compatible development challenges with Nordic experts.

NDF and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) arranged a seminar on climate-compatible development on 8 May 2015 .

Photo: Hannu Eerola

Inconsistent greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting standards have long been an issue in sharing information about development projects.

NDF has joined other international financing institutions (IFIs) to harmonise GHG accounting at the project level.  IFIs involved in this venture are long-term NDF partners such as the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, th

Photo: Heli Sinkko

Read about Nordic Climate Facility’s activities during 2014 in the newly published Annual Review.

The year 2014 was the fifth full year of operations since the NCF facility was launched in late 2009.

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NDF visits the Nicaragua biogas market development programme

NDF is on a supervision mission to Central America and visited the NGO SNV in Managua to discuss progress on the biogas programme. The programme aims to introduce and develop a commercially viable biogas market in Nicaragua.


The role of adaptation and private sector involvement were the topics in a Nordic Climate Facility –seminar arranged in Helsinki on 13 April 2015

The bulk of climate finance is still targeted at mitigation whereas more focus on adaptation is called upon especially by the developing countries. The needs for climate finance are increasing and the public funding is not enough.

Photo: Heli Sinkko

Five further agreements have been signed for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects under the Nordic Climate Facility’s fourth call for proposals (NCF4) on inclusive green growth.

The agreements are the second batch of 12 approved projects that have been selected for funding under NCF4. Three agreements were signed in late 2014.

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Experts meet to discuss the findings of the project on "Enhancing the Climate Resilience of Africa Infrastructure" in Addis Ababa on 2-3 April 2015

The technical meeting takes place at the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa and is organised by the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the World Bank.

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A delegation from NDF participated in the meeting as observers

The Board of Directors of the Green Climate Fund convened at the headquarters of the fund in Songdo in South Korea for its 9th meeting. A delegation from NDF participated in the meeting as observers.

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Key stakeholders reviewed the Nordic Partnership Initiative Pilot Progamme for Supporting Up-scaled Climate Change Mitigation Action in Vietnam’s Cement Sector, also called the Cement NAMA (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action) project, in March 2015.

A Nordic delegation visited Vietnam in March 2015 to review progress of the Nordic Partnership Initiative Pilot Programme for Supporting Up-scaled Climate Change Mitigation Action in Vietnam’s Cement Sector.


Read about NDF's recent events and activities in the newly published newsletter.

The newsletter includes for instance articles about water resources in Africa, Nordic Climate Facility’s fifth call for proposals, low-carbon development and the linkages between climate change and public health.

Photo: Linda Lundqvist

Pasi Hellman, Managing Director of NDF, outlines the promise and potential of climate adaptation projects, and comments on the inter-relations between climate and development, in a CDKN feature article.

The article can be found here.


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Read about NDF’s activities during 2014 in the newly published Annual Report.

In 2014, NDF continued its focus on climate change related activities in three broad clusters: infrastructure, natural resources and climate change related capacity-development.


NDF has approved a EUR 2.25 million grant for climate resilient rural water supply and sanitation in Zambia

NDF and the African Development Bank will co-finance the second phase of the National Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme in Western Province, Zambia.


The position is for two (2) years with a possibility to extension. The work is carried out in NDF's office in Helsinki.

The Country Program Manager is responsible for all aspects related to project administration.

Photo: Emeli Möller

Women participating in an NCF project in Nepal have said that the project has helped strengthen their roles within their communities.

During a joint site visit, NDF and NEFCO acquainted themselves with three different community forest user groups in the Nawalparasi and Chitwan districts in Nepal.

Photo: Arjan van de Merwe UNDP

Heavy rainfall in January and February this year led to extensive flooding in Malawi. UN reports that 1.1 million people are affected, almost 300 people died or are still missing, and 230,000 people presently live in temporary shelters.

Through the Nordic Climate Facility, NDF has together with the Finnish Red Cross financed a disaster preparedness and early warning system project in Malawi from 2012-14.