SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

SNV is an international, non-profit development organisation,started in the Netherlands in 1965. We now work in 36 countries around the world, with offices in in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Balkans, the Netherlands and the USA. SNV’s 1100 professionals come from a variety of cultural and technical backgrounds and over 70 per cent are nationals of the countries where we work.

SNV aims to alleviate poverty by enabling those with low incomes to be part of social and economic networks thereby increasing their income and employment opportunities. SNV also contributes to improving people’s access to basic services.

We focus our work in three areas – Food, Water and Energy. This is because these are the areas we believe pose some of the most urgent development challenges for people living in poverty. They are also areas where SNV has a proven track record, with the knowledge and experience to make a significant impact, roll out programmes at scale (i.e., in multiple countries and regions) and achieve lasting results.

Within these thematic areas we offer services in three sectors - Agriculture, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Renewable Energy. It is in these sectors that we work with local organisations to rebalance the systems and structures they work within, creating environments that provide opportunities for poor people and reward growth and innovation. We do this by providing services in three areas - Advisory Services, Knowledge Networking, and Advocacy.

SNV began its work in Ethiopia in the 1970s. Currently, SNV Ethiopia operates in four of the country’s nine regional states, namely the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Regional State (SNNPRS), Oromiya, Amhara and Tigray. In Ethiopia, SNV works in the Agriculture, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Renewable Energy sectors.

In Renewable Energy, SNV currently supports the implementation of a National Domestic Biogas Program in Ethiopia with the aim is to develop a commercial viable domestic biogas sector and thereby construct 14,000 biogas plants by end of 2013. SNV’s experience combined with promotion and the commitment of national and regional stakeholders has already shown domestic biogas as a viable source of energy for rural households. SNV sees institutionalisation of the sector as a basic development and therefore supports the setup of a commercial biogas sector, predominantly via multi stakeholder processes, knowledge development, and business-to-business linkages. Additionally, SNV provides trainings and supports to develop quality standards for both technical construction and institutional implementation. For more information, please visit the SNV website at, or contact:  Phomolo Maphosa Head of Renewable Energy at