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. 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 through providing services in the following three areas: 

Advisory services

SNV's advisory services focus on creating effective solutions with local impact. They form the core of our work and provide us with an in-depth knowledge of the local context and the agendas of local actors, rooted in a long-standing presence in over 30 countries. Our Advisory services are geared towards the development of organisational and leadership capacities, catalysing market-based solutions and supporting enabling environments.

Our Advisory expertise includes:

Knowledge networking

SNV enables local organisations and local capacity builders to access, apply and continuously renew knowledge. They can be specific to a basic services sector or value chain, but also relate to cross-sectoral themes such as capacity development and governance. They also provide the evidence base for influencing policy and advocacy. Knowledge networking entails the development, facilitation and sharing of knowledge. Its aim is to produce results in the form of explicit knowledge, learning processes or networks of clients and other actors.

Evidence-based advocacy

Sustainable poverty reduction at scale requires changes of structures, institutional arrangements, policies and practices. On the basis of a sound understanding of markets and our advisory experience in Agriculture, Renewable Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, SNV joins forces with governments, the private sector and civil society to enrich national and international policy debates. We jointly develop innovative policies, strategies, and legal and institutional arrangements, as well as financing mechanisms that sustainably benefit people living in poverty.

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