NDF - Financing for climate change and development projects

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The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) has signed the three first agreements for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects.

The facility, which is funded by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) and jointly administered with the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), provides financing for climate related projects in low-income countries.


NDF will finance a project in Vietnam with the objective of increasing the capacity to design and implement climate change response measures.

"Vietnam is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change, among the top ten countries to be affected by global warming. At the same time, rapid economic growth threatens to increase CO 2 emissions.

Lenca women in San Francisco de Opalaca

NDF grants EUR 3.5 million to help indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants in Honduras tackle climate change challenges

The overall objective is to increase the capacity of these peoples to respond to climate change, to secure civil society monitoring of obligations related to climate change and to provide renewable energy solutions to local communities.


The Government of Ghana has requested financing from NDF grants for the proposed “Landfill Gas Capture & Utilization Project”, which has been developed under the World Bank led Ghana Second Urban Environmental Sanitation Project (UESP II).

The objective is to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases (methane) from the solid waste landfills and increase the use of renewable energy.


The NDF Board approves a EUR 3 million grant for a project that will address problems with deforestation, overgrazing, soil erosion, desertification and inefficiency in the household energy sector in Senegal.

Deforestation, overgrazing, soil erosion, desertification and inefficiency in the household energy sector are among Senegal’s major challenges in mitigating climate change.


Flooding created by increasing annual rainfall is a primary concern for protecting the existing road network and a threat for future investments in the transport sector in Cambodia.

NDF will support a project aimed at reducing the road network vulnerability to climate change with a grant of EUR 4.2 million.


In Nicaragua, storms and floods have had great human impact in recent years. In addition, economic losses for the period 1997­–2006 averaged 2.7 per cent of GDP annually.

Higher temperatures associated with climate change will likely exacerbate this situation and will increase both frequency and intensity of severe weather conditions and related natural disasters.


Nicaragua has one of the lowest electrification levels in Latin America and the Caribbean. A large share of the population lacks access to electricity, which constitutes a serious obstacle to economic and social development.

In spite of a considerable potential for power generation from renewable energy sources, in particular from geothermal plants, hydro and wind turbines, Nicaragua continues to be highly dependent on fossil fuels.


NDF supports the transfer from polluting diesel buses to gas-driven buses in the city of Dhaka in Bangladesh.

The Government of Bangladesh has embarked on a program to replace old buses running on diesel with new vehicles running on gas to decrease costs and improve air quality.


The NDF Board has approved financing of EUR 10 million for the ProClimate Facility (ProCF) which establishes and pilots a partial climate guarantee and technical assistance facility to support small and medium-sized investments in climate change mitigatio

There is common recognition that private finance is an important contributor in combating climate change. However, increased private financing in climate projects in developing countries still faces several impediments.


The EEP Mekong launched a first Call for Proposals in December 2009 and the response to the first call was extremely positive.

The Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) Mekong (2009-2012) aims at supporting wider provision and use of renewable energy by facilitating renewable energy and energy efficiency related cooperation, dialogue and experience sharing among diffe


NDF supports integration of climate change aspects in water and sanitation programme in Senegal.

The World Bank PEPAM project aims at increasing access to sustainable water and sanitation services.


NDF will participate in the GreenPyme programme to promote energy efficiency among small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs) in Central America.

The NDF Board approved in March a grant of EUR 2.2 million for the programme. The programme focuses on information dissemination and training targeted towards SMEs, energy auditors, financiers and authorities.


The Nordic Climate Facility, launched in autumn 2009, has attracted great interest. The facility supports technology and know-how exchange between the Nordic countries and low-income countries in the area of climate change.

The response to the first call for proposals was larger than expected. A total of 138 applications were received, of which 33 projects have been shortlisted for full proposals.


The first Call for Proposals under the EEP Mekong attracted wide interest.

The first call for proposals in the Mekong Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) is now closed. More than 150 project ideas were received and the eligibility check and screening of the proposals is under way.

Procurement specialists Bernhard Zentgraf and Omar Tiwana from Asian Development Bank

NDF organizes a special Procurement Seminar

NDF arranged a special procurement seminar in Helsinki from the 27 to 29 January 2010.


The call for project proposals for the newly-established Nordic Climate Facility, was officially launched on Monday before the three-day 61st Nordic Council meeting, which starts in Stockholm on 27 October.

The Nordic Climate Facility, which is financed by the Nordic Development Fund and implemented jointly with NEFCO, provides funding for projects that have a potential to combat climate change and reduce poverty in low-income countries.


The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) has pledged four million euros for a new Nordic Climate Facility (NCF).

The new financing facility, which is a cooperative venture between NDF and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, NEFCO, was launched today to coincide with the Nordic Climate Solutions Conference, which is being held in Copenhagen, Denmark,


At its meeting on 8 September the Board of Directors of the Nordic Development Fund approved grant financing for over 14 million euro for climate investments in developing countries.

In Uganda, NDF supports solar energy with 3 million euro. The project aims at enabling the use of solar energy at health centres and for water distribution in rural areas.


A new focus for the Nordic Development Fund

The Nordic Development Fund (NDF), the joint development finance institution of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), has received a new mandate.