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World Bank approves St Maarten Trust Fund Civil Society Partnership Facility

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The World Bank has approved the Civil Society Partnership Facility for Resilience, a new US$7.2-million project by the Sint Maarten Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience Trust Fund financed by the Government of the Netherlands and managed by the international lending agency.

The World Bank said the project aims to improve the capacity of Sint Maarten’s Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and support the implementation of reconstruction and resilience at the community level.

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“Eligible CSOs will directly receive training, skills transfers, and financing for community subprojects,” the World Bank said. “The project will also provide capacity building support to the CSOs and strengthen their ability to undertake community level resilience-building activities.” 

The World Bank said that demand-driven CSO community subprojects that meet the eligibility criteria for financing could come from a variety of sectors.

“We are honoured and pleased to contribute to Sint Maarten’s long-term resilience at the community level.”

— Elger Vermeer, senior project manager, VNG International.

It said activities could include improvements in public spaces, investments and services benefitting children and the elderly, rehabilitation of playgrounds and sports facilities, or cleaning and recycling initiatives. 

Capacity-building activities will include training of CSO staff in monitoring and proposal writing skills.

The Trust Fund has partnered with the International Cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG International) to deliver financing to Sint Maarten’s CSOs. 

VNG has prior experience in supporting subprojects at the community level, the bank said.

“We are honoured and pleased to contribute to Sint Maarten’s long-term resilience at the community level. Our earlier work in fostering partnerships with local CSOs has proven the power of targeted and swiftly implemented local initiatives,” said Elger Vermeer, senior project manager of VNG International.

Elger Vermeer, senior project manager, VNG International (Photo: VNG International)

Michelle Keane, World Bank programme manager for the Sint Maarten Trust Fund, said “local initiatives stand at the heart of long-term resilience. 

“Sint Maarten’s communities know better than anyone which subprojects will benefit them and serve those who need it most,” she said. “Working with CSOs is a key principle of this Trust Fund and we are excited to see what we can achieve together.”