Our Purpose is to advance Nordic leadership in addressing climate change and development challenges through financing, knowledge and partnerships. 

Together with our strategic partners, we develop, launch and scale high-impact projects to support developing countries and the most vulnerable people affected by climate change.

As an organisation with a clear focus on creating impact on societies, we have chosen to formulate our overarching objectives and aspirations as a Purpose.

Our Mandate is defined by the member countries and is spelled out in our constituent documents with additional continuous guidance and directions given by the members of NDF's Board of Directors. The key elements of the Mandate constitute the foundation for NDF's operations and they reflect the priorities of the member countries. 

Our Purpose and Mandate combined define our strategic direction. Mandate forms the boundary conditions, whereas Purpose forms the core.


Our Mandate

The key elements of the Mandate constitute the foundation for NDF's operations and reflect the priorities by the member countries. 

Nexus between climate and development

The two most pressing global issues, especially where these are interlinked and mutually reinforcing

Concessionary financing

Agile and flexible approach to respond to what markets, countries and situations need most

Focus on lower-income countries and
countries in fragile situations

The countries where climate change impact is most severe and development needs are the greatest

Nordic priorities

Distinct priorities, Nordic identity, and a unique combination of prioritised topics

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