Country Sint Maarten
Region World wide
Duration Start 21 July, 2023 till 31 March, 2024
Field of expertise Building More Effective Public Administration
Policy field(s) Inter-municipal co-operation
Civil Registry
Fund management
Human resource management
Local economic development
Funding Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken
Project code 11461
With the Caribbean Exchange Network, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and VNG are carrying out a memorandum of understanding signed in 2019 for a support network for the islands within the Kingdom. Under this programme, technical assistance is provided to the six Caribbean islands within the Kingdom (St Maarten, St Eustatius, Saba, Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire). The islands are assisted with concrete capacity, learning or advice needs in the field of governance in a broad sense. Topics addressed include local economic development, citizens participation, public services, public administration, etc. The knowledge exchange is organised by utilising experts from Dutch municipalities which carry out short and longer expert missions, and by organising internships from civil servants to these municipalities.

The programme consists of 3 technical components and 1 management component:
1) Longer expert assignments: this concerns assignments involving more than 50 working days of expertise time;
2) Short expert assignments: assignments with a maximum duration of 50 working days;
3) Internships of colleagues from the Caribbean in the Netherlands (at Dutch municipalities and ministries);
4) Administration and management.