VNG issues urgent call to local NGOs | THE DAILY HERALD

PHILIPSBURG–The Dutch association of municipalities VNG International has issued an urgent call to all St. Maarten non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for feedback “to strengthen the NGO sector in a post-[Hurricane – Ed.] Irma recovery and reconstruction effort.”

  “VNG, through the World Bank-managed Trust Fund, has been diligently working on a grant mechanism which will launch periodic calls for proposals to fund projects, with recovery and rehabilitation objectives, as well as providing technical assistance and capacity-building for the grant beneficiaries (NGOs),” according to a press release issued by Foresee (4C) Foundation.

  According to the foundation, VNG has been working in St. Maarten “in the context of recovery and reconstruction efforts” since the passing of Hurricane Irma in 2017.

  “Given the importance of close involvement of all stakeholders, and to ensure proper consultation, VNG is calling on all NGO stakeholders to review two of the main instruments used for this purpose, namely the draft ‘Environmental and Social Safeguards Instrument’ and the draft ‘Stakeholders Engagement Plan,’” according to the press release.

  The foundation said both documents require NGO stakeholder input to be processed.

  Persons can submit their input via the website using the provided “Feedback Form.”

  For more information, persons can call tel. 1-721-581-5050 or send an e-mail to

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