SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

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SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
SNV Development Organisation logo.svg
FocusAgriculture; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; Renewable Energy
Area served
38 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America
MethodCapacity building

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a non-profit, international development organisation, established in the Netherlands in 1965.

SNV aims to alleviate poverty by enabling increased income and employment opportunities and increasing access to basic services. The organisation currently works in 38 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.[1]


SNV was established as the Stichting Nederlandse Vrijwilligers ("Foundation of Netherlands Volunteers") in 1965, under the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Originally focused on posting young Dutch volunteers to the South, SNV stopped working with volunteers in 1988 in response to the changing needs of host organisations and countries, instead assigning paid development workers to fulfil increasingly policy-related assignments. SNV has since evolved to become one of the largest Dutch development organisations and now focuses on providing capacity development services to local organisations.

In 1993 the organisation changed its name to SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and in 2002 formally separated from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, although the organisation continues to receive a subsidy from the Ministry (ending 2015).[2]


SNV currently provides capacity development services to local organisations in three sectors: Agriculture, Renewable Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH).[1]


SNV has its headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands, with sector offices in Vientiane (Water Sanitation & Hygiene), Nairobi (Agriculture) and Ouagadougu (Renewable Energy) and a representative office in Washington, DC.

SNV currently operates programmes in the following countries:

Bangladesh; Benin; Bhutan; Bolivia; Burkina Faso; Cambodia; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Colombia; Congo-Brazzaville; Costa Rica; DR Congo; Ecuador; El Salvador; Ethiopia; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Ghana; Guatemala; Guinea Bissau; Honduras; Indonesia; Kenya; Lao PDR; Mali; Mozambique; Nepal; Nicaragua; Niger; Pakistan; Peru; Rwanda; South Sudan; Tanzania; Uganda; Vietnam; Zambia; Zimbabwe.

The organisation employed over 1100 staff worldwide in 2012.[3]


SNV-supported programmes have won a number of international awards, including the International Energy Globe and Ashden awards for sustainable energy (2008, 2010).



  1. ^ a b "Smart development works".
  2. ^ "Home Page".
  3. ^ "Smart development works".

Further reading[edit]

  • Inge Brinkman; in cooperation with Anne-Lot Hoek. Bricks, Mortar and Capacity Building (Koninklijke Brill, 2010). ISBN 978-90-04-18741-2.
  • Jan Ubels, Naa-Aku Acquaye-Baddoo, Alan Fowler. Capacity Development in Practice (Earthscan, 2010). ISBN 978-1-84407-741-0.

External links[edit]

Media related to Stichting Nederlandse Vrijwilligers at Wikimedia Commons