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Cochabamba metropolitan area’s climate change mitigation action plan takes shape

Over half of the world’s population lives in cities (OECD, 2014). Consequently, two-thirds of the world’s energy is consumed in cities, and cities are the source of over 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
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A project funded by the Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) in Bolivia is helping small-scale dairy farmers build climate resilience and strengthen their economies, while reportedly raising happier cows

In Bolivia, dairy farming families subsist on income from milk sales and cheese production. It is a country where cow productivity is relatively low.

Phto credits: HKL (NIB), Patrik Rastenberger (NEFCO), Heli Sinkko (NDF)

The road towards a sustainable future is not a straight line, but a whole network of different paths that all lead to a common goal. Sustainable financing is one of these paths, and its impact is felt in many areas of our society. How can this be, you might wonder? Please read on to understand why sustainable financing is crucial to our future.

What do projects like energy efficiency in day care centres and schools in Ukraine, wind farms in Denmark and gender equality in developing countries have in common? First of all, they all contribute to a sustainable future.

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Bricks produced by eco-friendly processes increase opportunities while decreasing emissions

The global brick industry is responsible for 2.7% of carbon emissions worldwide, and the demand for bricks is growing rapidly.

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Local fishers, hoteliers, restauranteurs and their families along the vulnerable coastline of the Gulf of Montijo in Panama are being negatively impacted by climate change but through the Pescadora project they’re working at every level of society to adapt and become more resilient

Pescadora is one of the 11 sub-projects of Proadapt, a regional initiative funded by IDB in partnership with NDF, building climate resilience in micro-, small- and medium-sized businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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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.

Photo: Projet de Développement de l’Accès à l’Energie Moderne (DAEM)

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

Photo: John Magezi, FIEFOC 2 National Program Coordinator

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?