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Expertise Expected: The Professionalisation Of Snv (1985–1994)

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Stichting Nederlandse Vrijwilligers (SNV) formally changed from being a volunteer organisation into a professional one in the second half of the 1980s. The professionalisation process took place in various ways: in terms of the SNVer's average profile, in its financial and legal status, and in SNV as an organisation. Pragmatism, realism and professionalisation were increasing in Dutch development policies at large, the NGO sector internationally and in The Netherlands, and in SNV as an organisation. The new approaches that SNV envisaged in the late 1980s and early 1990s, such as participatory methods and the process approach, also presupposed not only knowledge about local people but also intensive communication with them.

Keywords: Cultural contact; Dutch development policies; economic recession; Jan Pronk; pragmatism; Professionalisation; Stichting Nederlandse Vrijwilligers (SNV)



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