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International action on climate change, after the Paris climate agreement in December 2015, was under focus when NDF hosted a high level visit from the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Petteri Taalas, WMO’s recently appointed Secretary-General, and Mary Power, WMO Director for Resource Mobilization and Development Partnerships, held discussions with NDF management, led by Pasi Hellman, Managing

AfDB Headquarters, Abidjan – CCIA Building
A joint AfDB-NDF seminar highlights practical examples of how to integrate climate change into the transport sector

AfDB and NDF held a seminar for the Bank’s transport staff on how to integrate climate change into the transport sector.

NDF co-financed Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) presents the Action Plan for the Honduran capital at public event in Tegucigalpa

Tegucigalpa, Honduras 25 February 2016.

NDF brought together some thirty participants from NDF, NEFCO and NIB, as well as representatives from the Finnish government ministries and other stakeholders, to focus on climate finance issues post-Paris climate summit.


NDF Mission to AfDB Highlights Portfolio Growth and New Co-finance Opportunities

Pasi Hellman, Managing Director of NDF, introduced the new NDF Strategy during an NDF event on Mobilizing Climate Finance at the headquarters of the African Development Bank in Abidjan on Thursday.

Photo: Matthias Zirngibl, CC Licence
Investment Prioritization for Climate-Resilient Livelihoods and Ecosystems in the Coastal Zones of Tanzania

Building resilience to short-term climate variability and long-term climate change is a critical development issue for Tanzania, more so within the context of the country’s vision of economic transition over the coming decades.

New sources of income for local communities in Nepal
Thousands of community forests have been established around Nepal to protect soils, watersheds and biodiversity by preventing forest degradation, flooding and erosion. But for forest conservation to be truly sustainable, ways must be found for local people to benefit from these forests.

Over the last two years NCF has been backing a project designed to build up small-scale businesses based on the commercial utilisation of non-timber forest products in community forests in four regions: Rasuwa and Makwanpur in the Himalayan footh

Yacine Diouf, Housekeeper
Read about how whole communities benefit by involving women in Sustainable Energy Management

Since 2010, NDF, together with the World Bank, has financed the PROGEDE II project in Senegal. The project aims to increase the availability of diversified household fuels in a sustainable and gender-equitable way.

The signed agreement is part of the regional Geothermal Exploration Project

A cooperation agreement has been signed with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals in Tanzania for support to geothermal development in the country under the joint Nordic Development Fund (NDF) and Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA

Flooding in La Ceiba, Honduras
Two new publications provide insights and lessons from adaptation planning for the water and sanitation sector in two cities in Central America

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) have released two new publications with case studies of climate change impacts and adaptation options in the water and sanitation (WSA) sector.

FIEFOC 1 agroforestry scheme combining cassava and mango in Mbarara District.
NDF Board approved a EUR 5.25 million grant for the second phase of the Farm Income Enhancement and Forest Conservation Project (FIEFOC 2).

FIEFOC 2 follows on the first phase of the FIEFOC project which was implemented between 2006 and 2012 and funded jointly by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and NDF.

The assignment offers challenging and varying tasks and requires a fair amount of travelling. The person will be based in NDF’s office in central Helsinki and is hired for a period of two (2) years with possibility for extension.

More information about the position can be found in the NCF Manager Job Announcement.


Together with the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NDF organised the "Nordic expertise to boost geothermal development in East Africa "side event last week.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: NDF
Showcase Event Demonstrates Real Solutions. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers Keynote Address. NDF backs four of sixteen winners.

(Paris, France, 10 December 2015) - Sixteen game-changing initiatives from around the world were honoured as winners of a prestigious United Nations climate change award at a special ceremony at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Par

The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) has launched a new call for project proposals, which should be submitted by 29 January 2016.

The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) provides grant support of up to EUR 500,000 for innovative development projects that help low-income countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The role of public and private climate financing highlighted in Nordic side event

The Nordic Council and Nordic Development Fund (NDF) held a joint side event yesterday on climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing countries to highlight actions that drive transformative innovation.

Photo: Leena Klossner
Nordic countries launch joint statement on innovative climate finance at COP21

Nordic government representatives, export credit agencies, development finance institutions and institutional investors commit, through the joint statement, to collaborate on a wide spect

Zambian Minister of Finance, Alexander Chikwanda shakes hands with NDF Zambia Country Program Manager, Charles Wetherill, after the signing.
NDF signed a new grant agreement with the Government of Zambia to strengthen climate resilience in the rural water sector.

Under the agreement, NDF committed  EUR 2.25 million over the next three years to support the development, field testing and integration of climate resilient planning and tools in rural water supply and sanitation in Zambia’s Western Province.

NDF joins initiative on Principles to Mainstream Climate Action

8 December 2015. The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) joined a coalition of the world’s leading financial institutions yesterday in signing on to the voluntary Principles to Mainstream Climate Action agreement.

NDF behind key session on transport and climate change adaptation at Transport Day 2015 yesterday in Paris

Transport Day 2015 which took place yesterday and attracted more than 400 participants from the sustainable transport community representing the different modes of transport (passenger and freight transport; road, rail, water and air) as well as