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11 female CEOs stand out among the 19 clean energy startups, early stage companies and projects at feasibility stage approved by the EEP Africa Innovation Window Investment Committee

The EEP Africa Innovation Window Investment Committee (IC) met in Nairobi, Kenya on 26 September 2019 to approve funding for a new cohort of projects submitted under the latest EEP Africa open call-for-proposals: “Promoting Gender Inclu

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The multilateral development finance institution Nordic Development Fund (NDF), is well-functioning and adds value from an international perspective. However, it needs reforms to uphold its relevance. This concludes the evaluation published today: Joint Nordic Organisational Assessment of the Nordic Development Fund, NDF.

A decade ago, the Nordic Development Fund, NDF, received a new mandate: climate financing. Its’ investments need to contribute to reduced CO2 emissions or to climate change adaptation ever since.

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The Minister of Energy of Benin, the honourable Mr Dona Jean-Claude HOUSSOU, visited the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) in Helsinki

The purpose of the meeting was to take stock of the long and fruitful collaboration between NDF and Benin and to discuss potential new opportunities. Also the Ambassador of Benin to Finland, H.E.

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The NDF co-financed Increased Access to Modern Energy Project in Benin has recently been completed.  One of the first projects approved under NDF’s climate change mandate – less than a year after the shift in strategy - it built on a history of partnership between Benin, NDF and the World Bank in the energy sector

NDF is now assessing the results and lessons learned of the project.

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EEP Africa, Shell Foundation and Factor[e] Ventures together with select investors and companies come together in Nairobi for high energy investor day

EEP Africa, Shell Foundation and Factor[e] Ventures convened a select group of impact investors for structured matchmaking meetings with a curated group of high impact, investible clean energy companies in Nairobi on 24 September 2019.  The

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Mayors from five major African cities participate in the first capacity-building workshop arranged by the new Urban and Municipal Development Fund (UMDF) at the African Development Bank (AfDB)

Mayors from Antananarivo, Madagascar; Bizerte, Tunisia; Conakry, Republic of Guinea; Dodoma, Tanzania; and Libreville, Gabon, worked together with international urban experts at the Cities Leadership Workshop organised by the Afr

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New loan financing from NDF-financed Off-Grid Energy Access Fund builds on early stage support from EEP Africa

The Facility for Energy Inclusion Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (FEI-OGEF) recently announced a new investment in Sunculture, a Kenya-based c


Due to technical issues, the deadline for the Nordic Climate Facility's 9th call for proposals (NCF 9) has been extended until Monday 9 September 2019 at 14:00 CEST. The technical issues were causing problems accessing the Nordic Climate Facility online application system last night and earlier today

Some of the log in and registration links were severed while others were still functional, which prevented access to the application portal for a great number of people.

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The Honduras Indigenous Peoples, Renewable Energy and Climate Change project, funded by NDF, monitored by IDB, and implemented by SNV, has successfully worked with Indigenous Communities of Honduras to tackle climate change through technology transfer, training and capacity building around collaborative advocacy

"Honduran’s in general and indigenous people in particular are very vulnerable to climate change, including prolonged droughts, heavy rainfall and soil erosion,” explains Emmanuel Bejar, Central American Director

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Enable Youth Investment Committee meets in Mbale, Uganda and approves financing for 42 young men and women running agribusiness startups

NDF is financing the pilot phase of Enable Youth Uganda in partnership with the Government of Uganda Ministry of Water and Environment (MoWE) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) under the umbrella programme Farm Income Enhancement and Forest

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NDF and the World Bank (WB) will share the costs of preparing a full Green Climate Fund (GCF) funding proposal package for Zambia

The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) has approved a grant of EUR 250,000 that will contribute to the costs of preparing a full GCF funding proposal on the Transforming Landscapes and Resilience for Development Project (TRALARD) in Zambia.

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The project “Building Resilience and Climate Adaptive Planning in Urban Centres of Nepal” has supported 24 innovative green businesses in two Nepalese municipalities by providing seed grants.


As of 15 August 2019, Ms Karin Isaksson starts working as the new Managing Director of Nordic Development Fund (NDF). We spoke with Ms Isaksson while she was preparing for her new venture.

The conversation took place during Ms Karin Isaksson’s break from window painting at her summer house outside Stockholm, where she was enjoying her vacation after finishing her previous job as Executive Director at the Afri


The NDF-funded education pilot project on climate change for indigenous school children in Honduras has just completed, showing significantly better-than-expected results

The project, known as “Save The Planet Initiative” is part of an ongoing NDF-sponsored Indigenous Peoples, Renewable Energy and Climate Change Program in Honduras and was funded with a USD 740,000 grant from NDF, managed by the IDB, a

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Under the Indigenous Peoples, Renewable Energy and Climate Change project financed by NDF in partnership with IDB, one of the implementing partners, GOAL, increased climate resilience in remote indigenous communities of La Moskitia, Honduras

There’s a lot of research done on climate resilience but what does this mean in practice for vulnerable populations whose lives and livelihoods are being increasingly threatened?


EEP Africa's first Annual Report since its transition to a multi-donor fund hosted by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) is now published. The report highlights the new project portfolio and plans for the future, while also showcasing EEP Africa’s cumulative achievements since 2010

"In 2018, NDF proudly took on the legacy and future direction of EEP Africa, expanding our commitment to the clean energy and green growth transition in Africa.


The main responsibilities are to assist the Management, support the administrative tasks related to the office and staff, the meetings of the governing bodies as well as the communication activities. We offer challenging and varying tasks in an international organisation in the heart of Helsinki. The position is for three years with a possibility for extension.

More information about the position can be found in the job announcement.

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IDB supports Chile in a sovereign green bond development using funding from the NDF- financed NDC Pipeline Accelerator

The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) is the anchor donor of the NDC Pipeline Accelerator Multi-Donor Trust Fund (ACL), an IDB-led climate finance facility.

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The urban workshop to learn from Nordic experience wraps-up in Malmö

Malmö Mayor Carina Nilsson welcomed the delegation of mayors and urban planners from Latin America and the Caribbean to a reception at the Old City Hall.

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NDF, together with implementing partner, The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is designing a new venture capital and technical assistance fund, ADB Ventures, to boost innovative early-stage growth companies with climate technology-driven business models and solutions for Asia Pacific

“This fund is a truly new approach to a well-known challenge,” asserts NDF Manager, Aleksi Lumijärvi, who will be overseeing the rollout from the NDF side.