SNV in DR Congo focuses on Agriculture, Renewable Energy Water, Sanitation and Hygiene to achieve high impact in improving local opportunities and livelihoods. Our intervention in the three lead sectors are aiming to improve access to basic services and to generate employment and increase incomes. Promoting gender equity and transparent public sector leadership is at the heart of all our work. Those principles are essential to building stronger societies.
With its governance expertise, SNV plays a meaningful role in helping to enhance quality and quantity (access) of basic services related to water, sanitation & hygiene and renewable energy. SNV aims to achieve a major impact by helping to build the capacities of specific and relevant actors and assuring effective micro-macro linkages.
A higher income increases people’s freedom to choose the life they want to live. For SNV, increased income is the basis for sustained development. Without a decent income, all efforts to promote development will remain at the level of charity and emergency aid. SNV is equally interested in contributing to increased production. Higher production can form the basis for food sovereignty and income generation. Increased production does not, however, always lead to more income as a lot of the produce generated is either consumed directly or bartered for other products. It follows that we also want to contribute to increased employment. Being employed means by definition earning an income. Creating or securing employment can prevent rural–urban migration and contributes to the maintenance and development of vulnerable communities or livelihoods.