Development cooperation ,17.09.2018

Joint Nordic Evaluation of the Nordic Development Fund (NDF)


The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) is an international financing institution established by the governments of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden in 1988 as part of the Nordic countries’ co-operation on development assistance. According to its mandate from 2009, the objective of NDF's operations is to facilitate climate change investments primarily in low-income countries reflecting the Nordic countries' priorities in the areas of climate change and development. The future strategic direction of the NDF will be determined by its Board of Directors in mid-2019. To support its strategic deliberations, the Board has asked the governmental development evaluation departments of Nordic countries to perform an independent evaluation of the performance of NDF as an institution as well as of its value added in the international context, including as a Nordic institution, and how it could be strengthened. This evaluation has two connected aims. The first is to assess the performance of NDF in accordance with its mandate. The second aim is to assess NDF’s potential future role as a joint Nordic financing instrument for development. The evaluation shall concern the mandate from 2009 and consider the financial base of the institution, the priorities of the Nordic countries, and recent international agreements (the 2030 Agenda, the SDGs and the Paris Agreement) in assessing the NDF’s present role as a joint Nordic instrument in the international climate architecture as well as its potential future role, within climate change or other areas. The Swedish Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA) manages the joint evaluation on behalf of the Nordic development evaluation units. The other Nordic units participate in the reference group. The evaluation is financed jointly (1/5) by the Nordic Evaluation Departments. The total budget for evaluation is 125 000 Euros. The evaluation will start as soon as possible and will tentatively be finalized in August 2019.

Funding decision  17.09.2018

25 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Aid to environment
  • Aid to environment
  • Gender equality

Field of activity

  • Multisector aid 100%

Funding channel

Kolmannen maan julkinen sektori (delegoitu yhteistyö)



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