SNV is one of the founding partners of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public private initiative led by the UN Foundation. Launched in 2010, the Alliance is committed to enabling 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020.
SNV implements initiatives intended to create an inspiring working environment for its staff; to guide and to coach staff in the skills needed to attain SNV's mission. Our key features are trust, inspiration, connection, responsibility and accountability. For over 5 years, SNV DRC has been at the forefront of development, helping to build local capacity and empower families, communities to break the cycle of poverty.
Analysis is central to our work. We analyse the problems that stand in the way of sustainable growth, and identify both the services required to solve them and new opportunities for growth. Stakeholder research helps us to identify the right partners to work with. We also carry out value chain analyses in the different sectors. Based on our findings, we decide what SNV's role should be in a project.
Rather than offer training as a standard product, we mentor and coach local development actors. Our advisors pass on their knowledge and experience from different sectors through continual mentoring. Our advice is about organisational change or how to influence the broader environment. At other times, advice is more technical. Together we contribute to poverty alleviation.
We believe sustainable development is about building capacities and learning from each other, which goes beyond helping people. We do not donate money but we stimulate access to funding. We build long-lasting finance models. We bring together parties that would not automatically connect otherwise. We enable them to find solutions, opportunities together, thus creating long-term links.
We contibute to poverty alleviation by making it possible for all people to improve the quality of their own lives. This means strengthening people's ability to provide for their own needs and to make informed choices to lead the life they value. SNV is dedicated to a society in which all people enjoy the freedom to pursue their own sustainable development.
Water, Hygiene and sanitation in DRCongo
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation has been active in DR Congo since 2006. The strategic position and choices for SNV’s work in DR Congo are based upon the goals and strategies of the “Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy Plan” which was adopted by the Congolese government in 2007. Within this framework, and in accordance with SNV strategy around the world, SNV Congo’s strategy concentrates on three lead sectors:
In the three sectors, SNV Congo’s interventions embody the SNV principles of vocational training, Governance for Empowerment, social inclusion, leadership and an enabling environment.