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Nordic Development Fund (NDF)



About Nordic Development Fund (NDF)

The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) is the joint development finance institution of the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The objective of NDF's operations is to facilitate climate change investments in low-income countries.  NDF finances in cooperation with bilateral and multilateral development institutions. The operations mirror the Nordic countries’ priorities in the areas of climate change and development. The operations are financed from the development cooperation budgets of the five Nordic countries. 

In the period 1990-2008 NDF provided about 275 million dollars as concessional credits to 32 road infrastructure projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The road transport sector continues to be a key sector for NDF, after the institution changed its mandate in 2009, and now provides financing to developing countries in the area of climate change and development. NDF currently finances five climate change adaptation projects in the road sector in these countries: Cambodia, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Senegal and Zambia. A new transport adaptation project is under development for Mozambique. 

The NDF support is in most cases linked to a large transport sector programme involving also other financiers. Projects that are currently under implementation seek to mainstream climate change into road planning and investments. The NDF components typically include elements such as vulnerability mapping, capacity development, policy and planning, cost-benefit analysis, and revision of technical norms and design standards. NDF support is mainly delivered through technical assistance contracts and financing of pilot projects. The size of NDF’s contribution normally ranges between two to five million EUR.

Contact Us:

Nordic Development Fund

P.O. Box 185

FIN-00171 Helsinki


Visiting address: Fabianinkatu 34

Tel: +358 10 618 002

Location: Finland, Europe

SLoCaT Focal Person:

Leena Klossner

Deputy Director


Aage Jorgensen

Country Program Manager


Programs & Projects on Transport & Climate Change

Cambodia: Adaptation Approaches for the Transport Sector Project

The objective is to assist Cambodia in responding to climate change in a way that is consistent with economic development objectives. The primary contribution of the project is to improve institutional and technical capacity to adapt to such change in the transport sector. The project is co-financed with the Asian Development Bank. More information:

Vietnam: Integrating Climate Change Adaptation to Transport

The project will improve transport connections in the Northern Mountainous Provinces of Vietnam.  NDF support focuses on capacity building of provincial staff, policy development, vulnerability mapping, and detailed design of climate resilient road infrastructure. The project is co-financed with the Asian Development Bank. More information:


Senegal: Integrating Climate Change Adaptation to Transport

The NDF adaptation component will develop the capacity of relevant stakeholders in Senegal to climate-proof road infrastructure planning, design and maintenance. The project is co-financed with the World Bank and forms part of the Transport and Urban Mobility Project (STUMP). More information:


Nicaragua: Road Sector Support Program - Developing Adaptive Capacity for Climate Change

The Road Sector Support Program has the general objective of making road transport in Nicaragua more efficient in order to stimulate economic activity and contribute to the well-being of the population, while facilitating integration within the country and with the rest of Central America.  The NDF financed component will focus on development of adaptive capacity and integration of climate change aspects into planning and design of road transport infrastructure. The project is co-financed with the Inter-American Development Bank. More information:


Zambia: Developing Climate Resilient Infrastructure Standards

The NDF adaptation component forms part of the Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) that will mainstream climate change in the most economically important and vulnerable sectors of the Zambian economy. The objective of the NDF component is to increase the government capacity to plan for a climate change resilient road transport sector. The project is co-financed with the World Bank. More information:

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