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Submitted by Web Master on 10 March 2021

SNV has been present in Tanzania for over 40 years. We aim to achieve inclusive growth and development through effective solutions with local impact, which are essential for lasting development success.

Since the early 2000s, Tanzania has seen remarkable economic growth and strong resilience to external shocks. These achievements, however, are overshadowed by the slow response of poverty to the growing economy: the poverty rate remains stagnant at around 34% despite a robust annual growth of around 7%. This apparent disconnect between growth and poverty reduction needs to be addressed, and we therefore focus our work in the Energy, Agriculture and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene sectors, in alignment with Tanzania's National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty.



Globally, over 1.1 billion people live without access to electricity and almost 3 billion people lack clean cooking facilities. The world’s poor are continuously affected by the low availability of sustainable and reliable energy, with increasing difficulty in remote areas. Modern energy services are crucial to human well-being as well as to countries' economic development.

With the right mix of approaches, solutions and technologies, we work with public and private partners to empower rural and peri-urban communities. By ensuring energy access and facilitating progress in market creation, gender equality, security, health, education and climate change mitigation, our projects have improved the lives of millions of people around the world.

Sanitation & Hygiene sectors

SNV contributes to sustainable change in WASH delivery systems in at least 19 countries. Ultimately, we envision a world that enables all people’s access to affordable and reliable WASH services – leaving no one behind.

In households, schools, and health facilities, our programmes are designed to build professional, organisational, and inter-institutional capacities to deliver environmentally and financially sustainable rural and urban WASH services. Through programme implementation, joined-up thinking, and our research – conducted with partners in government, private sector and civil society – our contributions:

a. Provide evidence to integrate sanitation information in wider district-, provincial and city planning;

b. Assist public authorities to better target investments and oversee the efficient operationalisation of services;

c. Create the conditions and capacities for private sector engagement in WASH; and

d. Instill long-lasting sanitation and hygiene behaviours amongst consumers and professions in the frontline of WASH services delivery.


As agriculture is primarily driven by the private sector, SNV uses market-based approaches. We contribute to systems change by kick-starting and strengthening agricultural markets in selected commodities. We deploy our tested tools and approaches – such as using a food systems lens to identify key bottlenecks, developing inclusive business models, working with public-private partnerships and launching innovative finance – to address the root causes of why markets fail to meet the needs of people living in poverty.

This approach helps farmers to grow more food sustainably, while creating jobs at different stages of value chains and putting women and youth at the centre of development. SNV also strengthens the climate resilience of farms and markets. We help farmers and agri-businesses to expand their businesses by working with financial institutions to make financing available on reasonable terms and by working with farmers and agri-businesses to develop sound business cases.

Our agriculture projects will contribute to achieving the SDGs through inclusive value chains, sustainable nutrition for all, and climate and business. We use our balancing benefits approach to close the gender gap. This approach addresses the root causes of unequal development, such as inequitable norms, and unequal access to resources and market opportunities.

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