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Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, we have built a long-term, local presence in countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development. 

Our mission is to make a lasting difference in the lives of millions of people living in poverty. 

By sharing our specialist expertise in Agriculture, Energy and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, we contribute to solving some of the leading problems facing the world today – helping to find local solutions to global challenges and sowing the seeds of lasting change. We recognise that sustained poverty reduction requires people living in poverty to both contribute to and benefit from growth while having access to quality basic services. With this in mind, our work focuses on enabling the four factors we have learnt are essential for successful development: inclusive development, systemic change, local ownership, and contextualised solutions.

Next to our many country offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America, we also have an affiliate office in Washington D.C. SNV USA’s primary goal is to connect North American partners and donors to a global network of technical advisors implementing innovative solutions to alleviate poverty through sustainable and locally-led development.