Netherlands Development Organisation in Nepal (SNV)

SNV started its program in in 1980 and currently works in five sectors which have been prioritised and aligned with the Government of Nepal’s Development Plan.They include:

Improving basic services:

  • Renewable Energy (biogas, improved water mills, others)
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Increasing production, income and employment opportunities:

  • Smallholder Cash Crops (orthodox tea, cardamom, apple, others)
  • Forest Products (timber and non-timber forest products, pro-poor carbon funding)
  • Pro-poor Sustainable Tourism

In addition to sector specialisation,
SNV ’s “Governance for Empowerment” ethos – which addresses good governance and social inclusion – is firmly embedded throughout all programs.

SNV focuses its work at national and sub-national level. At sub-national level, activities are concentrated in the East (office in Dharan), Central Terai (office in Hetauda) and the West (office in Nepalgunj). Among district levels, SNV is active in: Jumla, Humla, Dolpa, Mugu, Kalikot, Dailekh, Surkhet, Bardiya, Kailali and Kanchapur in the West; Taplujung, Ilam, Panchthar, Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Dhankuta Terhathum, Bhojpur and Sankhuwasabha in the East; and Chitwan, Makwanpur, Parsa, Bara, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Mahottari and Dhanusha in the Central Terai region.

Type of Assistance and Programming

SNV Nepal does not implement development projects itself; rather it works to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of key local organisations and government bodies. This way, implementation is placed in the hands of local actors. This
SNV characteristic contributes to sustainable and nationally owned impact on development leading to lasting poverty reduction, as well as fulfilling the MDGs.
SNV Nepal’s assistance to any local or national actor revolves around four services:

Total staff of
SNV Nepal is around 65, of which 45 are professional advisors (international and national). In addition,
SNV works increasingly through local providers of capacity development services and in partnership with other international organisations like World Tourism Organisation, UNDP, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and Fair Trade Labelling Organisations.

In addition,
SNV Nepal administrates two large funded programs in the renewable energy and forestry sectors, as well as holding the secretary of the Norwegian funded Social Inclusion Research Fund.