Vision & mission

SNV is dedicated to a society in which all people, irrespective of race, class or gender, enjoy the freedom to pursue their own sustainable development.

We help to alleviate poverty by focusing on increasing people's income and employment opportunities in specific productive sectors, as well as improving their access to basic services including water, sanitation and hygiene, and renewable energy.

In a world characterised by persistent poverty, but also by fast developing opportunities and increasing local capacities, a supply driven and ‘one-size-fits-all’ development strategy increasingly misses the point. Demand-driven approaches, carefully crafted to the local context and inspired and fed by a robust global knowledge base, are needed to realise the required breakthroughs in view of local needs and global challenges.

Improve the quality of life of over 15 million of people living in poverty in the period 2013-2015

SNV’s goal is to catalyse sustainable development processes. We support people to access and develop the capabilities, services and opportunities needed to live a healthy, productive and otherwise fulfilling life, while sustainably using the natural resources they depend on. Unlike many other development actors, SNV does not offer funding, but specialises in supporting the resourcefulness of development actors. Together we develop local capacities, strengthen governance systems, and make markets work for the poor. SNV is result driven and will measurably improve the quality of life of approximately 15 million of the world’s poorest people in the period 2013-2015.

We believe four factors are essential to the success of development initiatives - inclusive development, systemic change, local ownership and contextualised solutions.

See also: SNV Strategy Paper 2011-2015 (pdf)

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