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29 projects, representing EUR 14 million in requested funding, were approved by the EEP Investment Committee during a week which also featured the first meeting of the EEP Supervisory Board.

The EEP Investment Committee, consisting of representatives from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA),

Participants in the WACA launch

Five ministers and eight high-level representatives from 13 African countries gathered in Dakar, Senegal on 8 November for the official launch of the WACA Program and WACA Platform.

The WACA Program helps countries access expertise and finance to sustainably manage their coastal areas.

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We offer challenging and varying tasks in a dynamic working environment in NDF's office in central Helsinki. The position is for two years with a possibility for extension.

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


The project will showcase best-practice climate-resilient road infrastructure for the most heavily trafficked road section in Lao PDR.

NDF has approved EUR 8.0 million in concessional credit to join the World Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in financing the Lao PDR - National Road 13 North - Climate Resilient Upgrade and Maintenance project.


The main responsibility of the Managing Director is to provide strategic and operational leadership in shaping NDF’s future strategic role, value proposition and orientation within the Nordic and wider international development and climate finance architecture.


The Proadapt project "Proadapta Sertão" was one of 15 ground-breaking projects announced as winners of the prestigious award

Also known as the MAIS Program (Modulo Agroclimático Inteligente e Sustentável), Proadapta Sertão is helping farmers to adapt to climate change and ensure food security in the Jacuípe Basin, Brazil’s semi-arid region.


With the potential to sequester 11.4 million tons of CO2 by restoring degraded cloud forests, the model is the first of its kind to target developing countries

NDF has approved support to the Cloud Forest Blue Energy Mechanism (CFBEM), a first of its kind impact investment instrument developed by Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy (TNC).  The project consists of the development o


The NDF, together with IDB, has financed the third phase of a long-term initiative, just completed, on the economics of climate change. The project (ECCCARD) was coordinated by the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC) in close collaboration with regional organisations and Governments of countries in the Central American Integration System (SICA), which includes Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and, in this phase, the Dominican Republic.

Julie Lennox, Climate Change Focal Point at ECLAC and Technical Coordinator, worked at the front lines from the outset of this initiative, which culminated in an unprecedented shift by Central American Finance Ministries to push


We offer challenging and varying tasks in a dynamic working environment in NDF's office in central Helsinki. The position is for two years with a possibility for extension.

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


The call attracted a total of 121 applications.

The Nordic Climate Facility's eight call for proposals (NCF 8) was opened for applications between 1 and 31 August 2018. The call attracted a total of 121 applications.


A new EEP Africa study of dozens of projects says renewable energy mini-grids in Sub-Saharan Africa are generating high-quality grid power, providing 24/7 electricity services, creating jobs and boosting local economies

NAIROBI, September 12, 2018 -- Today, the Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund (EEP Africa), in close collaboration with Power for All, released a new report, “Opportunities and Challenges in the Mini-Grid Sector in Africa.&rd

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Large-scale deforestation in Nepal has long contributed to greenhouse gas emissions and land degradation, aggravating the negative impacts of a changing climate. In 2017, women of seven forest communities in the Nawalparasi district joined a programme to develop non-timber products in the form of forest gardens, which don’t require the felling of trees to succeed. The results are raising the well being of both the forests and their families.

The project targets women, who are closest to the community forests and therefore natural stewards, and is designed to reduce their vulnerability to climate change by supporting local business development through information and practical inter

NDF hosted a discussion on climate change and transport between representatives from the National Road Administration (ANE) in Mozambique and consultants from Finnish Overseas Consultants (FINNOC).

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The African Development Bank, the Nordic Development Fund and other partners have committed USD 58 million to support the Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (OGEF).

The Fund is part of the Bank’s sponsored Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI), a USD 500 million debt platform to mobilise capital market funds for innovative energy access strategies.


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.