Who we are

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a not-for-profit international development organisation. We have a long-term, local presence in over 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our team of 1,300 specialists and generalists, nationals and internationals, males and females, young and more seasoned colleagues are the backbone of SNV. Only five percent of our team is based in the Netherlands, the country where we were established 53 years ago.

We provide practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty by helping them raise incomes and access basic services. We use our extensive on-the-ground track record to apply and adapt our expertise to local contexts. We constantly renew our expertise with innovative global knowledge and lessons learned from practice. This adds to our value proposition and distinguishes us from local service providers.

We aim for premium quality. We have made a deliberate choice to focus on just three sectors: agriculture, energy and WASH. We work in selected countries where we build long-term partnerships and learn to speak the language – literally and figuratively. In all we do, we aim to make a difference by implementing projects that create direct results and bring about systems change.

We extensively collaborate with partners that complement and re-energise us, such as knowledge institutes, private consultancy firms and non-governmental organisations. We invest in market-based approaches and work extensively with the private sector. We are a trusted partner of local and national governments.

We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation, implementing our mission exclusively through project financing. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence every day.


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