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The latest issue of NDF's newsletter is now available online

NDF’s newsletter “Climate in Focus” 2/2018 highlights the growing role of non-grant instruments in the NDF mix.

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Launched in 2016, MiPesca is a five-year project, co-financed by NDF in partnership with IDB and implementing partner, GOAL, to create economic incentives for sustainable fishing in Honduras.

“Over the years, there’s been a huge amount of investment in the Honduran fisheries sector but a lot of it was hit and miss,” laments Bernard McCaul, Regional Director at GOAL for the Latin American, Caribbean r


Access to water and sustainability of water supply are major issues, especially in remote off-grid areas. A project in Tanzania, co-funded by NDF and the World Bank, has now pioneered and tested a water management concept that successfully tackles these challenges with big wins for the communities and the environment.

The project Climate Smart Solutions for Small-scale Water and Energy Supply introduced a chain of intelligent ATMs at 26 water points in rural and urban areas where urban users purchased water via their cell phones.


The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) joined NDF and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA Finland) as a donor to the new Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund covering Southern and East Africa (EEP Africa) raising combined commitments to the Fund to EUR 28 million.

EEP Africa was first launched in 2010 under the leadership of MFA Finland with co-financing from Austria and the UK.

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Early summer 2018, NDF took a lead role in staging a Nordic Roadshow to promote climate financing opportunities for small and medium-sized companies, while driving new levels of cooperation among Nordic associations and public sector organisations.

The Roadshow, which spanned all the Nordic capitals, was conducted in cooperation with local partners on the ground, including The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth; Norwegian Energy Partners; the Confederation of Danish Industry; B

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Following NDF’s Board of Directors approval, NDF joins Climate Investor One (CIO) on the facility’s third close with a financing commitment of EUR 5 million.

CIO is a “whole-of-life” financing facility mandated with delivering renewable energy projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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NDF and AGF renew their joint commitment to SME-led green growth in Africa

Nairobi - 21 June 2018


The Concept Note Application Guidelines of the Nordic Climate Facility’s 8th call for proposals (NCF 8) have now been published.

The Application Guidelines inform interested applicants about expected project results, eligibility and selection crite

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The main responsibility is to help with the daily work in the office. The work is conducted on an hourly basis, approximately 2-3 days/week starting during the summer of 2018.

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

 Meeting at the NTU Project Office in Lusaka, where Mr. Aage Jorgensen met with the project Management Team of NTU International represented by the Team Leader, Adam Pope and Deputy Team leader, Adilson Vilinga from the Zambian NTU Project office and NTU Managing Director, Lars Bentzen and Project Manager, Nikolay Chavov visiting from the NTU Headquarters in Denmark.

NDF visits the Climate Resilient Road Infrastructure project in Zambia

The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) supports a 4-year initiative to help catapult Zambia’s road infrastructure sector into a much more sustainable future.

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A new video release and a panel of past EEP Africa grant recipients mark the launch of the latest EEP Africa Call for Proposals

15 May 2018, Cape Town, South Africa - With a well-attended event on the first day of Africa Utility Week (AUW) in Cape Town, the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) and the EEP Africa team officially opened the EEP Africa Innovation w

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EEP Africa hosts investor representatives and EEP Africa project developers for a matchmaking session at the start of Africa Utility Week in Cape Town

14 May 2018, Cape Town, South Africa - A group of clean energy sector investors representing venture capital, impact finance, private equity, DFIs and financial institutions came together with EEP Africa project developers one da

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The position offers challenging and varying tasks in a stimulating working environment in NDF's office in central Helsinki.

The position is for two years with possibility for extension. The Program Manager will work as a member in the NDF operations team and report to the Vice President in charge of operations.

Nairobi. Photo: Ninara, CCL

New innovative partnership between Kenyan and Nordic stakeholders will contribute to solving the growing climate challenges in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi

NDF has approved EUR 500,000 to co-finance the establishment of the Kenya-Nordic Green Hub in Nairobi, Kenya to promote Nordic green solutions.


The assignment as NCF Project Officer offers challenging and varying tasks in an international organisation.

The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) is the joint development and climate finance institution of the five Nordic countries - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden - with a mandate to finance and facilitate climate investments, primarily in l

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NDF signed a credit agreement with Benin and a grant agreement with the World Bank during the World Bank’s Spring Meetings.

NDF was the first financing institution to approve financing of a total amount of EUR 13.1 million for the West African Coastal Areas Program. The World Bank approved financing of USD 225 million for the project in April. 

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NDF is partnering with Nordic organisations in arranging events for presenting its financing opportunities available especially for the private sector.

NDF’s flagship challenge funds, the Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) and the 

Colonia Villa Nueva, Tegucigalpa. Photo: Aage Jorgensen

New NDF-financed publication: Asset Planning for Climate Change Adaptation in Poor Neighbourhoods of Tegucigalpa, Honduras

In studies of climate change vulnerability, an important constraint relates to the uncertainty of climate projections that local governments require to estimate the risks and impacts that climate events have in different areas within the city.


Helsinki meeting provides venue for strengthening a growing partnership for green finance and SME growth in Africa

NDF hosted colleagues from the African Guarantee Fund (AGF) and Denmark’s Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) for a meeting of the AGF Audit Committee.

Mozambique National Institute of Meteorology (INAM) headquarters in Maputo. Photo: NDF

The Mozambique National Institute of Meteorology (INAM) will begin a new multi-nationally supported project to modernise and improve meteorological services.

Maputo 23 March 2018 - Mozambique  is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events such as drought, floods and cyclones.