Dutch Fund for Climate and Development

The Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD) focuses on several high impact investment themes, including climate-resilient water systems, water management and freshwater ecosystems, forestry, climate-smart agriculture, and restoration of ecosystems to protect the environment. The fund is structured with three separate but operationally linked facilities, each with a specific role across the project lifecycle.

Investments made by the consortium parties will seek to improve the wellbeing, economic prospects and livelihoods of vulnerable groups – particularly women and children – and, enhance the health of critical ecosystems – from water basins to rivers, tropical rainforests, marshland and mangroves. The consortium’s activities will also help protect communities and cities from the increasing frequency of extreme weather events and benefit depleting biodiversity in areas that provide people with water, food, medicine and economic opportunity. The DFCD will seek to cooperate with diverse stakeholders, including the private sector, to deliver resources and mobilize funding for climate resiliency. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made available €160 million to increase the resilience of communities and ecosystems most vulnerable to climate change.

Support provider 
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Purpose of support 
Scoping and project preparation
Project and program implementation
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Understand the steps to accessUnderstand the steps to access The DFCD will be structured with three separate but operationally linked facilities, each with a specific sub-sector focus and role across the project lifecycle. The Origination Facility is positioned exclusively for project identification and (pre-) feasibility development activities with a cross DFCD thematic sub-sector focus. Once projects pass through this preparation window, they may enter one of two facilities: the Land Use Facility and the Water Facility. Along with a full range of financial instruments, each facility will also offer opportunities from FMO and Climate Fund Manager's external networks and will provide post-construction phase community development and Technical Assistance financing.

Find additional information on the DFCD's approach here.Access DFCD funding and resources for project implementationWorld Wide Fund for Nature Netherlands (WWF-NL); SNV Netherlands Development Organisation; Dutch development bank (FMO); Climate Fund Manager Access national readiness and preparatory supportAccess national readiness and preparatory support The Origination Facility is positioned exclusively for project identification and (pre-) feasibility development activities with a cross DFCD thematic sub-sector focus. This window will seek to leverage the landscape strategy for activity sourcing and develop opportunities into viable business cases for the two investment windows through technical assistance and grant funding.Project identification and pre-feasibility development activities conductedWorld Wide Fund for Nature Netherlands (WWF-NL); SNV Netherlands Development Organisation Involve the private sectorInvolve the private sector The consortium also offers a ‘landscape’ strategy for deal origination and execution. This strategy allows consortium parties to actively source and develop private sector investment opportunities for other consortium parties in-and-around, in the vicinity of, as well as downstream from, their own investment activities.Private sector involved in project development and implementationWorld Wide Fund for Nature Netherlands (WWF-NL); SNV Netherlands Development Organisation; Dutch development bank (FMO); Climate Fund Manager

Climate objective 
Adaptation, Mitigation, Cross-cutting
Sectors and themes 
Agriculture, Ecosystem adaptation, Forestry and Land-Use, Industry and Infrastructure, Rural, Waste management, Oceans and Coastal Resources, Disaster risk reduction, Gender, Jobs and Livelihoods, Poverty, Water
Type of support provider 
Bilateral
Type of recipient 
Public entity at the national level, Public entity at the sub-national level, Public entity at the regional level
Fund size 

€160 million

Trustee or administrator 
Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V.
Contact information 
https://thedfcd.com/
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