SNV began working in Asia in 1980, building capacity and alleviating poverty in mid-western and eastern Nepal. We were one of the first organisations to reach out to some of the most remote areas of the country. In 1988, we opened offices in the small Himalayan nation of Bhutan, followed by an office in Vietnam in 1995, in Lao PDR in 2003, and Cambodia in 2005. More recently, SNV Asia has expanded to launch renewable energy programmes in Indonesia, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Our local and international advisors are working hand-in-hand with local actors in some of the remotest and poorest corners of Asia to strengthen their capacity to effectively realise poverty reduction and good governance.