SNV is committed to connecting over 40 million people to the opportunities they need to escape poverty by 2015. This is how we're making it happen. Learn more at www.snvworld.org.
Poverty has many causes. But what keeps people in poverty is unequal access to basic services and opportunities -- like clean water, affordable energy and income and employment.
Too often, communities don't have access to water and sanitation, women and children spend hours every day gathering fuel for energy, and farmers can't get the right prices for their crops.
But it doesn't have to be this way.
With more than 40 years' experience on the ground in developing countries, at SNV we've learned that it takes a smart approach to make development work.
So we focus on putting the tools of change in local hands, on tailoring solutions to local contexts, and on empowering people to change the systems that keep poverty in place.
It might be by helping build demand for sustainable water and sanitation services - creating opportunities for local entrepreneurs and building healthier communities.
Or supporting locally produced green energy solutions -- freeing women and children from labour and health problems, while helping preserve the environment.
Or helping farmers to work together, and connecting them directly to major buyers so they can sell their products for a fair price.
All of these things increase the quality of life for the people who need it most. And even better - they enable communities to guide their own development.
That's how we've improved the lives of millions of people since 1965 - by providing the tools to pave the way from poverty to opportunity.
And that's what we call Smart Development.