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May 2017

On any given day, more than 800 million women worldwide are menstruating. But despite menstruation’s central role in womanhood, the topic is still a taboo in many cultures. On 28 May we joined the conversation around Menstrual Hygiene Day and advocated for better education on the subject. We believe that together we can break the silence, from taboo to empowerment, from shame to acceptance, from fear to confidence! Read more.

Allert van den Ham announces his departure as CEO of SNV

Allert van den Ham has recently announced his departure as CEO of SNV and Chairman of the Board of Directors of SNV USA. He will step down and become Country Director in Laos as soon as a suitable successor has been found. We thank him for 6 years of dedicated leadership, energy and vision.

An improved relationship leads to a better life

Meet Hussein and Worknesh. They have been married for more than 20 years and have experienced many problems in their marriage. But their relationship has improved significantly since they adopted the household dialogue approach promoted by the 'Gender and youth empowerment in horticulture markets' project.

Improved nutrition and food security for coffee and cocoa farmers in Nicaragua

As a result of the Access to Sustainable Markets and Food Security (PROMESSA-CAFCA) project, Socrates and his family have started to grow vegetables in a kitchen garden and built a greenhouse that allows them to produce food for the family throughout the year. 

She makes shea butter

Find out how we're working with female shea butter farmers in Ghana to improve their working conditions and incomes. As a result of the project, the quality of the shea butter has greatly improved and the women have a guaranteed buyer: Sundial Brands.

Planning ahead for the ‘last mile’: no quick fixes

Juliet Willetts, Professor & Research Director ISF-UTS, talks about the importance of looking ahead and taking precautions to strengthen the voice of marginalised groups right from the outset in all rural sanitation approaches. Read her blog post.

770,000 Ugandans have latrines for the first time

SNV Uganda has once again surpassed the sanitation target of one of its WASH projects – Sustainable Sanitation & Hygiene for All Results. 770,000 people now have latrines for the first time – a 45% increase from the target in 2016.

A Call to Action to ignite solar energy markets

On 11 May at the Vienna Energy Forum, we launched a Call to Action to fast-track basic off-grid electrification in Africa and ensure energy access for 5 million households in 5 countries within a 5 year period. Watch a recording of the event and join us in this initiative.

New biogas programme in Ethiopia

We have just launched the Biogas Dissemination Scale-Up Programme (NBPE+) in Ethiopia. Funded by the European Union and the Government of Ethiopia, NBPE+ aims to provide 180,000 rural people with biogas as clean energy (mainly used for cooking) and bio-slurry as high value fertiliser. Find out more. 

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