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NDF and AfDB: 25 years of collaboration and co-financing, and the partnership now stronger than ever

The annual meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB), held in Ahmedabad, India, from 22 to 25 May, was also an occasion for NDF and AfDB to recognise their 25 year long history of collaboration in co-financing.

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Young “climate champions” recruited from local communities are playing a prominent role in a Nordic Climate Facility project designed to help the residents of slum districts in Dhaka, Bangladesh, adapt to climate-related problems.

“In our communities we face lots of problems due to climate change, including flooding, waterlogging and the scarcity of safe water, which leads to health hazards like waterborne diseases,” explains Farjana Akhter, 18


The NDC Accelerator Trust Fund is a new project preparation financing facility aimed at fast tracking sustainable projects in line with the targets of the 2015 Paris climate conference.

The NDF Accelerator Trust Fund is one of four pillars of the IDB's new NDC Invest platform. NDF is the anchor investor to the Fund with a contribution of EUR 10 million approved in January 2017.


Nordic Climate Facility, an NDF-financed challenge fund for innovative climate change projects, will launch a new call for proposals on 28 August 2017.

The seventh call for proposals of the Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) will be open from 28 August to 29 September 2017.

Nicaraguan Tourism Minister and delegation

Delegation from Nicaragua visited NDF to discuss collaboration

The Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Nicaragua Ms Anasha Campbell visited NDF yesterday to discuss possibilities for collaboration. The Minister was accompanied by a delegation that included Mr.

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Photo: NDF

The rapid urbanisation of Africa and opportunities for Nordic-African cooperation were discussed in Helsinki last week at a conference co-organised by NDF.

The Africa’s Urban Future conference took place on Friday, 12 May and was organised by the Nordic Africa Institute, University of Helsinki, Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Nordic Development Fund.

From the left to right is Federico Brusa, Scarleth Nunez, Omar Samayoa, Gloria Visconti and Luis Miguel Aparicio

Government officials and private sector entities learn how to access funding from the Green Climate Fund.

More than 100 representatives from different governmental institutions, universities, civil society, indigenous organizations, international entities and private enterprises took part in a national workshop in Tegucigalpa in Honduras last week, t

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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 2017.

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

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Addis Ababa. 28 April, 2017 (ECA). AFRI-RES, a unique facility to support climate proofing Africa’s long-lived infrastructure investments, was given significant impetus with the formal approval of funding of 5 million Euros by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) for its programme activities.

Nordic Development Fund teams up with ECA, AUC, World Bank and AfDB to operationalize AFRI-RES, a unique facility for enhancing the climate resilience of investments in Africa’s long-lived infrastructure

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Proadapt program in focus at international conference on climate risk and investment.

Leaders and practitioners within climate finance joined for a discussion of common challenges and emerging investment opportunities in climate resilience in the Climate Risk and Investment: Framing Private Challenges and Opportunities conference

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An NDF project testing biochar’s potential as fertiliser in Nepal was commended in April 2017 with an award for best International Development Project.

The award was given to Landell Mills for best International Development Project by British Expertise International. Landell Mills is a UK-based international development consulting firm.

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A project co-financed by NDF will enable the urban poor to better cope with storms and floods through affordable, climate-resilient housing.

On 24 March, NDF participated in an inception workshop for the ADB-led project Sustainable and Resilient Urban Development.

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NDF is co-arranging a one-day workshop on African urbanisation with the Nordic Africa Institute, the University of Helsinki and Finland's Foreign Ministry.

The welcome address will be given by Mr Kai Mykkänen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development of Finland.

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MD Pasi Hellman contributed as panelist for "Climate Finance: Tackling Poverty and Climate Change"

A global development conference organised by Harvard Kennedy School brought together a collection of leaders and experts, current and emerging, from various sections of the "development industry" to meet, share and explore issues relate

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On 28 March, a delegation from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland paid a visit to the rice bran oil plant set up by the IDEAS 2013 winner, Latin Oil S.A.

The delegation consisted of the Deputy Director General of the Department for the Americas and Asia, Eija Rotinen; the Director of the Unit for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ari Mäki; Counselor Tiina N

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Read about NDF’s activities during 2016 in the newly published Annual Report

The NDF Annual Report 2016 can be found in PDF here.

Victor Arcia Gómez, Dean, National Engineering University UNI; Aage Jørgensen, Country Program Manager, NDF; Larissa Korsak, Director UNI; and José Amadeo Santana Rodríguez, Minister of Transport, Nicaragua. Photo: Ileana Holt

NDF participates in opening of academic training course at National University of Engineering in Nicaragua.

The Minister of Transport and Nordic Development Fund inaugurated last week at the National Engineering University (UNI) a Postgraduate Course on Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change Applied to Road Infrastructure.

Photo: Chandra Man Dangol, Wildlife Conservation Nepal

Following approval by NDF’s Board of Directors on 8 March 2017, new Environmental and Social Policy and Guidelines


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA Finland), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and NDF met with representatives of 10 other agencies at the Embassy of Finland in Pretoria to highlight latest results from the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme (EEP) for Southern and East Africa (SEA) and share a preview of the way forward and strategic directions for the next phase.

The seminar was hosted by Finland’s Ambassador to South Africa, Kari Alanko, at the Embassy of Finland and timed to coincide with the release of the latest EE

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The NDF-funded "Save the Planet Initiative: An Education Pilot Project on Climate Change for Indigenous and Afro-Honduran communities" launched in Honduras.

Monday February 27 saw the launch of the "Save the Planet Initiative" in the city of Siguatepeque in central Honduras. “Save The Planet Initiative” is a climate change educational project to be based on Rise Up learning materials.