NDF was born out of the long presence of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Ghana and across the West African region. The WWF West Africa Regional Office was based in Abidjan since the mid-70s until the civil war in Côte d’Ivoire forced WWF to relocate its office to Ghana in 2005.
Since 2009 the WWF team in Accra has focused on forest and trade related activities as a part of the WWF International Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) programme. In the past decade the team has built up a set of global expertise and has successfully worked closely with governments, communities and leading companies within and outside the region.
In 2013 WWF decided that a local NGO would be better equipped to work on forest and related conservation issues across the region in the long term, and chose to assist in the development of a new, local NGO. With the support of WWF, the Nature & Development Foundation (NDF) was created. NDF was legally established in November 2013 in Ghana as a non-profit organisation limited by guarantee.
NDF is proud of its WWF heritage and will continue its association with WWF as it develops further. For now, NDF through a cooperation agreement with WWF International will continue to collaborate with the WWF Global Forest Programme on issues which are of interest to both organisations.