Sunfed concerned about new funding agency

POSTED: 02/7/12 3:49 PM

St. Maarten – The leadership of the St. Maarten United Non-Governmental Organization (Sunfed) have expressed concern about the government’s set up of a funding agency that will replace the Antillean Co-Financing Agency (Amfo). The specific worries are the process to set up the new agency and whether it will be able to handle the work that has Amfo has done for the past eight years.

The primary concern for what is happening has been carried by a group of organizations, which are backed by Sunfed, came together in November 2010 to carry out discussions with stakeholders like the council of ministers and government departments on how poverty will be tackled. The groups and umbrella body became even more concerned when Amfo called the organizations to a meeting on October 20, 2011 to explain that their financing from the Dutch government would stop at the end of December, 2012.

In light of the continued concern Sunfed is calling non-governmental organizations to a meeting at the Belvedere Community Center on February 16 at 8:00 p.m. The three agenda points are: assessment of 2012 plans (financial plans of NGOs), report Integrated Neighborhood Development Program (INDP) and status of new funding agency.

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