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NDF’s unique Debate Game was staged at the UN climate conference COP 24 Nordic Pavilion as part of the Nordic Finance Day, jointly developed by NEFCO, NIB and NDF, and hosted by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Should climate finance be directed to innovation? On Tuesday 12 December, 2018, the Nordic Development Fund invited COP24 participants to pit their ideas against each other in a unique debate game.


The publication is launched at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, on Tuesday 11 December at 15:30 local time in an NDF-organised side event at the Nordic Pavilion.

NDF’s new publication Spurring climate innovation through challenge funds explores innovation spurred by two challenge funds that

Panellists at the ADB side-event included health officials from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, WHO, research institutions, ADB and NDF.

Nordic Development Fund (NDF) participated in five events at COP 24 last week and we continue this week with more activities.

It was an active week for NDF at COP24 in Katowice in Poland where we participated in a number of events focusing on building resilience to climate change impacts.

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The NDF Board of Directors approved NDF support to the Climate Resilience and Adaptation Finance and Technology Transfer Facility (CRAFT) with a financing commitment of EUR 10 million

CRAFT is the first commercial investment vehicle dedicated to expanding globally the availability of technologies and solutions for climate change adaptation and climate resilience.


Join NDF's Debate Game: Fun event on innovation and climate finance

The Nordic Development Fund invites COP24 participants to bring their ideas on innovation and climate finance to the De


At the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi NDF participated in the presentation of early findings of a study on climate change impacts and fisheries 

As part of the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya earlier this week, a special session focused on the presentation of a new study on climate change and fisheries in Africa.

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29 projects, representing EUR 14 million in requested funding, were approved by the EEP Investment Committee during a week which also featured the first meeting of the EEP Supervisory Board.

The EEP Investment Committee, consisting of representatives from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA),

Participants in the WACA launch

Five ministers and eight high-level representatives from 13 African countries gathered in Dakar, Senegal on 8 November for the official launch of the WACA Program and WACA Platform.

The WACA Program helps countries access expertise and finance to sustainably manage their coastal areas.

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We offer challenging and varying tasks in a dynamic working environment in NDF's office in central Helsinki. The position is for two years with a possibility for extension.

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


The project will showcase best-practice climate-resilient road infrastructure for the most heavily trafficked road section in Lao PDR.

NDF has approved EUR 8.0 million in concessional credit to join the World Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in financing the Lao PDR - National Road 13 North - Climate Resilient Upgrade and Maintenance project.


The main responsibility of the Managing Director is to provide strategic and operational leadership in shaping NDF’s future strategic role, value proposition and orientation within the Nordic and wider international development and climate finance architecture.


The Proadapt project "Proadapta Sertão" was one of 15 ground-breaking projects announced as winners of the prestigious award

Also known as the MAIS Program (Modulo Agroclimático Inteligente e Sustentável), Proadapta Sertão is helping farmers to adapt to climate change and ensure food security in the Jacuípe Basin, Brazil’s semi-arid region.


With the potential to sequester 11.4 million tons of CO2 by restoring degraded cloud forests, the model is the first of its kind to target developing countries

NDF has approved support to the Cloud Forest Blue Energy Mechanism (CFBEM), a first of its kind impact investment instrument developed by Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy (TNC).  The project consists of the development o


The NDF, together with IDB, has financed the third phase of a long-term initiative, just completed, on the economics of climate change. The project (ECCCARD) was coordinated by the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC) in close collaboration with regional organisations and Governments of countries in the Central American Integration System (SICA), which includes Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and, in this phase, the Dominican Republic.

Julie Lennox, Climate Change Focal Point at ECLAC and Technical Coordinator, worked at the front lines from the outset of this initiative, which culminated in an unprecedented shift by Central American Finance Ministries to push


We offer challenging and varying tasks in a dynamic working environment in NDF's office in central Helsinki. The position is for two years with a possibility for extension.

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


The call attracted a total of 121 applications.

The Nordic Climate Facility's eight call for proposals (NCF 8) was opened for applications between 1 and 31 August 2018. The call attracted a total of 121 applications.


A new EEP Africa study of dozens of projects says renewable energy mini-grids in Sub-Saharan Africa are generating high-quality grid power, providing 24/7 electricity services, creating jobs and boosting local economies

NAIROBI, September 12, 2018 -- Today, the Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund (EEP Africa), in close collaboration with Power for All, released a new report, “Opportunities and Challenges in the Mini-Grid Sector in Africa.&rd

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Large-scale deforestation in Nepal has long contributed to greenhouse gas emissions and land degradation, aggravating the negative impacts of a changing climate. In 2017, women of seven forest communities in the Nawalparasi district joined a programme to develop non-timber products in the form of forest gardens, which don’t require the felling of trees to succeed. The results are raising the well being of both the forests and their families.

The project targets women, who are closest to the community forests and therefore natural stewards, and is designed to reduce their vulnerability to climate change by supporting local business development through information and practical inter

NDF hosted a discussion on climate change and transport between representatives from the National Road Administration (ANE) in Mozambique and consultants from Finnish Overseas Consultants (FINNOC).

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The African Development Bank, the Nordic Development Fund and other partners have committed USD 58 million to support the Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (OGEF).

The Fund is part of the Bank’s sponsored Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI), a USD 500 million debt platform to mobilise capital market funds for innovative energy access strategies.