Dutch development agency and UNIDO to stimulate business in developing countries
THE HAGUE, 29 January 2013 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Dutch development aid organization Stichting Nederlandse Vrijwilligers (SNV) signed a cooperation agreement to improve opportunities for people in developing countries, particularly in the areas of food, water, renewable energy and business development.
SNV is an independent international development organization with nearly fifty years of experience in developing countries. It currently has teams operating in 38 countries, and serves as a knowledge platform that offers tailored advice, information and services to local organizations that can contribute to sustainable growth in developing countries. The organization focuses on equitable access to primary services such as water, energy, and better job and income opportunities.
SNV is continuously looking for innovative and pragmatic solutions to combat fundamental problems that perpetuate poverty. Cooperation with UNIDO is in line with this ambition.
“UNIDO’s goals to support local corporations in developing countries complements our work to support small and medium-sized companies to obtain a better market position. Both parties agree that poverty reduction is no longer about ‘helping the poor’ but is more and more about creating opportunities for the powerful, inventive and creative people and businesses in these countries,” said SNV Director, Allert van der Ham.
Kandeh K Yumkella, the Director General of UNIDO, added: “The Dutch priorities for development cooperation, that are aimed at increasing wealth by supporting trade and sustainable economic growth, can be seen as a blueprint for the international community. UNIDO’s mandate is completely in line with these priorities. Therefore, we are looking forward to joining forces with SNV and to stimulating sustainable economic growth of developing countries. If you want to increase access to sustainable energy in developing countries, you have to create a proper business model instead of limiting yourself to charity.”
UNIDO will also seek additional partnerships with Dutch public institutions as well as the private sector in the near future.
The press release is also available in Dutch, on the SNV website here
You may view the Joint Statement of collaboration here
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