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African Development Bank and Nordic Development Fund agree on moving forward with a batch of new projects during a visit to Tunis

NDF visited the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Tunis this week to further promote cooperation on climate change related activities in Africa.


NDF is celebrating its 25 years of activities.

At the beginning of February this year, NDF has been operational for 25 years. We at NDF are celebrating this milestone while working.


The Management of NDF participated in roundtable discussion on climate change programs in the GMS

Managing Director Pasi Hellman and Deputy Director Leena Klossner participated on 16 January 2014 in Bangkok in a roundtable discussion on climate change programs financed by various donors in the Greater Mekong Subregion.


The Management of NDF visited Cambodia to discuss NDF’s cooperation with the country and the progress of NDF co-financed activities in the country.

Managing Director Pasi Hellman and Deputy Director Leena Klossner visited Cambodia during 13-15 January to discuss NDF’s cooperation with the country and the progress of NDF co-financed activities in the country.

Photo: Pamela Schönberg

Icelandic Foreign Minister visits NDF, NIB and NEFCO

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, visited NDF, NIB and NEFCO on 7 January 2014.


Ten winners will receive support for their innovative projects related to energy efficiency and renewable energy

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the 10 winners of the IDEAS 2013 Energy Innovation Contest, an initiative to improve energy efficiency and expand access to renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean.


NDF and IDB have signed an agreement to support adaptation planning in marginal neighbourhoods in Tegucigalpa.

The Latin American region is the second most urbanized on the planet. In 1980 about 62% of the population lived in urban areas while in 2012 it was 82%.


26 Latin American students completed their specialized geothermal diploma course in El Salvador.

For five months, 26 students from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Peru, have been trained through a specialized geothermal diploma course at the University of El Salvador.


The Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) presents Action Plans for Managua and Cochabamba to address climate change and increase resilience

Together with representatives from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), Mayor Daysi Torres presented the Managua Action Plan at a public event last week in Managua.

Photo: Aage Jørgensen

NDF approved a project to develop adaptive capacity and integration of climate change aspects into planning and design of road transport infrastructure.

Extreme weather events, such as heavy rainfall and floods, can have serious deteriorating effects on road infrastructure in Mozambique.

Photo: Aage Jørgensen

NDF supports adaptation actions to improve living standards in water-scarce rural communities

As a consequence of the reduced amount of water received from the retreating glaciers and to meet the growing fresh water demand of the La Paz metropolitan area, a major water supply project will be implemented under the Pilot Program for Climate


The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) has launched the Fourth Call for Proposals on this year’s theme “Inclusive green growth projects contributing to private sector development”.

The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) has launched the Fourth Call for Proposals on this year’s theme “Inclusive green growth projects contributing to private sector development”.


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



NDF hosted a presentation event where Rasmus Heltberg from the World Bank presented the World Development Report 2014 to NDF, NIB and NEFCO.

NDF arranged on 22 November 2013 a special presentation of the new World Development Report 2014 titled “Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development”.


In his article in the latest Development Today, Robert Wihtol discusses the role of niche development funds, with particular attention to NDF

The following article (DT 14-15/2013) is reprinted with permission from Robert Wihtol and Development Today magazine. The original article can be read from www.development-today.com

On 18 November, Swedish Prince Carl Philip gave the Polhem Prize to Petra Wadström for her innovative water treatment technology.

The Polhem Prize is Sweden's oldest award for technological innovation and is awarded every other year by the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers. This year, the award went to Petra Wadström for her invention of Solvatten.

Photo: Deputy Director Leena Klossner presenting NDF adaptation initiatives in the transport sector. At stage from left: Rafael Acevedo, Inter-American Development Bank; Aymen Osman Ali, African Development Bank; Evangelos Mitsakis, Hellenic Institute of Transport;  Annete Lutz, GIZ; Carlos Fuller, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre; and Mikko Ollikainen, Adaptation Fund.

Transport Day at COP 19 saw NDF presenting some of the lessons learnt from support to adaptation in the transport sector

Transport Day took place on 17 November 2013, in Warsaw, Poland, alongside the nineteenth Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


Together with the Finnish Water Forum and NEFCO, NDF hosted a mini-seminar

Nordic Development Fund, the Finnish Water Forum and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) hosted a mini-seminar on experiences and lessons learnt from projects originating from the first three calls for proposals of the NCF between


At the seminar on Innovative Climate Financing Mechanisms organized by NDF and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group in Helsinki from 4 to 5 November discussed a variety of concrete climate financing models of which several are already


The Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)  is a multi-stakeholder partnership of over 80 organizations (representing UN organizations, Multilateral and Bilateral development organizations, NGOs and Foundations, Academe and