SNV is dedicated to a society in which all people enjoy the freedom to pursue their own sustainable development. SNV contributes to this by strengthening the capacity of local organizations.
With 1,500 professional staff in 32 developing countries in Africa, Asia, the Balkans and Latin America, SNV provides multi-stakeholder solutions and technical assistance to over 3,000 public, private, and community-based organizations with the purpose of eliminating poverty and inequity. To do this, SNV aims to increase sustainable production, income, and employment opportunities for the poor while enhancing their access to, and quality of, basic services such as areas of health care, primary and vocational education, water and sanitation, renewable and sustainable energy, affordable housing, and financial services.
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation was established in 1963 as a cooperative venture between the Netherlands government and a number of private organisations, and remained connected to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs before privatizing in 2002.
Through its more than four decades of work in developing countries, SNV has become known as much for its technical expertise in pro-poor development and governance reform as for its rooted presence in the regions where it works. Its committed, long-standing local presence has allowed SNV to build and broker relationships among diverse actors in the public, private and citizens' sectors.