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Your newsletter to the world of SNV
December 2017


How is life in an urban slum? Meet Esther, Nadira and Fuseini. 
Esther, Nadira and Fuseni are part of a growing population living in poverty in urban slums. Despite precarious living conditions, they decided to leave their villages hoping to find a better future in the city. With rapid urbanisation, especially in developing countries, the slum challenge remains critical. Most people living in slums face health issues due to poor sanitation, unsafe drinking water and the lack of money to buy good quality food. Unemployment represents a significant problem, especially for youth in countries with ballooning population. In our latest campaign, we explore the daily challenges faced by people living in poverty in the fast-growing cities of the developing world.  
Join us in our exploration and read more about our activities.






Food safety and nutrition: two sides of the same coin


On 23 May 2007, we witness the start of the Urban Millennium: the world population became more urban than rural. How did this change the development agenda? Read more.


New Paper: Meeting the food and nutrition security needs of the urban poor


As the world’s cities expand, malnutrition is increasing among the urban poor, particularly women and infants. In our latest nutrition paper, we explore the malnutrition situation in the urban environment and the interventions that can be used to address it. Read more.


Can youth employment start a virtuous cycle in urban development?


Improving youth employment is key to unlocking and addressing the challenges of urban development. Providing decent employment for young people can, for example, reduce social and gender inequality. Discover more.




Upcoming off-grid solar industry forum, Hong Kong


On 22-24 January, SNV will be in Hong Kong to attend the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum. A unique occasion for networking and showcasing of off-grid solar products and services. During the event, we will also join a panel discussion on how to effectively deploy public resources to promote commercial markets. Discover more about the event.




Urban sanitation in Bangladesh: how it all started


In Bangladesh, access to sanitation has improved. Open defecation has dropped from 18% in 2000 to 1% in 2015 and people living in cities have access to latrines. However, human waste management is still a challenge. Read more.


Using a gender lens for urban developmental solutions


In both rural and urban contexts, women form the core of most households. Empowering them can lead to better outcomes for every member of the family. Read more.


SNV's annual magazine Connect is out!


In 2017, SNV implemented 300 projects in more than 30 countries, improving the lives of those left behind. In our magazine, we provide an overview of some of our approaches for scaling-up programmes, and talk to several key players, like Lawrence Haddad from GAIN.
Connect with our activities in 2017.


Triggering Change through Advocacy


As we mark the 2nd anniversary of the Voice for Change Partnership (V4CP), we share with you how we effectively build the advocacy capacities of civil society organisations (CSOs) and achieve impact at local, national and international levels. Read our V4CP stories.
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