NDF - Financing for climate change and development projects

Newsroom: News

Photo: M-PAYG

“In Malawi even if you’re on the grid, you can’t count on lighting or running basic appliances, because there are so many blackouts!” laments Hellen Chabunya, Country Director, Total LandCare Malawi. “And most people don’t have access anyway.”

Malawi has the lowest rate of electricity access in Africa, with less than 10 percent of the 18 million population able to access electricity, and a notably low average household electrification rate in rural areas of less than 2%.

Photo: AfDB

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 4 April, 2019 – The African Development Bank hosted the launch event of the Urban and Municipal Development Fund (UMDF) at the Bank’s Headquarters in Abidjan 3 April 2019.

The Urban and Municipal Development Fund (UMDF) of the African Development Bank is a multi-donor Trust Fund to scale up interventions in urban development and drive sustainable growth in cities across the African continent.

Photo: EEP Africa

EEP Africa hosted its 8th Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) on 28 March in Johannesburg, South Africa. The theme for this KEF was Productive Use and Drivers for Renewable Energy Uptake in the SADC Region

EEP Africa promotes knowledge sharing through semi-annual Knowledge Exchange Forums. The event targets EEP Africa-supported project developers and other stakeholders in the sector.


The facility has spurred women’s empowerment and local business development

A diverse portfolio leads to diverse results.


The new issue highlights the ongoing success in activating private-sector climate funding

The newsletter includes an interview with the Chairman Hans Olav Ibrekk, the latest activities of NCF and EEP, our two challenge funds as well as the NDF-backed CRAFT story which was heralded as one of 2018’s most promising new funding

Photo: Aage Jørgensen

The Nordic Development Fund, together with key African stakeholders and major development partners, focus on climate resilience solutions and funding to harness action at scale

The fourth Africa Climate Resilient Infrastructure Summit (ACRIS IV) took place this week at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

AIAS delegation and Beira authorities in front of the Sanitation and Drainage equipment. Photo: AIAS

The Administration of Water and Sanitation Infrastructures (AIAS) in Mozambique delivers much-needed equipment to support the maintenance of urban drainage basins in the city of Beira

An official delegation from the Administration of Water and Sanitation Infrastructures (AIAS) delivered Sanitation and Drainage equipment to the Autonomous Service of Sanitation of Beira (SASB) on Wednesday 27 February in Beira.

Photo: EEP

Save the Date! EEP Africa is excited to open a new gender-themed Call for Proposals on 20 February 2019. The deadline for submitting applications is 2 April 2019 at 13:00 Helsinki time (GMT+3)

See the details below or download as a pdf . Check back here for the full guidelines once the call is open.

Photo: GGGI Rwanda

The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) is participating in the 3rd National Urban Forum in Kigali to discuss the financing of climate-resilient cities

Rwanda represents a good example of the rapidity and size of urban transformations that Africa faces. Rwandan cities’ growth rate is estimated to be one of the highest in sub-Saharan Africa.


Last year the Energy and Environment Partnership covering Southern and East Africa transitioned into a multi-donor trust fund. The EEP Africa Trust Fund is hosted by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), with funding currently from Austria, Finland and NDF. This new chapter combines a proven model for delivering results with an evolution of the facility.

The EEP Africa Fund includes new financing mechanisms for innovative clean energy projects, closer engagement with the downstream investor community, and a strengthened focus on achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Pari


Ms Isaksson will take up her position on 15 August 2019

28 January 2019 in Helsinki, Finland -  The Board of Directors of the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) has appointed Karin Isaksson (Sweden) as the organisation’s new Managing Director.

Photo: Maja Bygvrå, Plan International DK

Plan International Bangladesh received Urban Resilience Award for its Nordic Climate Facility-financed Community-Driven Climate Adaptation project

The Institute of Architects in Bangladesh organised the Third Annual Conference on Urban Resilience.

Photo: AECF and EEP Africa

EEP Africa joins forces with AECF to bring together more than 40 investors and project developers to unlock additional investments in the renewable energy sector in Southern and East Africa

11th December 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya - The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) and the Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund (EEP Africa) hosted an Investor Forum that brought together financiers and companies from ac

Photo: Joel Sheakoski

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.

Photo: Mon Zamora

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.