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  Curacao and Saint Maarten

   About Curaçao and Sint Maarten


Curaçao and Sint Maarten are located in different locations in the Caribbean Sea and both are countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Curaçao is located north of Venezuela; Sint Maarten east of the Virgin Islands.  The UNDP provides development assistance to both. There is no UNDP Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA) since they are both countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Mainstays of the economy include tourism, petroleum refining, and offshore finance. The islands enjoy a high per capita income and a well-developed infrastructure. Almost all consumer and capital goods are imported from the United States of America and Mexico. Poor soils and inadequate water supplies hamper the development of agriculture.

Click the below links to learn more of UNDP involvement with Curacao and Sint Maarten.


Information on Nation building of Curaçao, Engaging in a Tripartite Partnership with the General community

Joint Programme Project Document: Capacity Development for
Nation Building of Curacao

Report: Capacity Development for Nation Building in the Netherlands Antilles




UNDP Project Title: Capacity Development for nation building in the Netherlands Antilles*   
(*the Netherlands Antilles have been disbanded but it has been agreed to keep the name of this project which will complete in 2011)

UNDP Project number: 72101

Focus Area: Poverty and the MDGs

Service Line: Enhanced national and local capacities to plan, monitor, report and evaluate the MDGs and related national development priorities, including within resource frameworks

Dates: 2009-2011

Status: Ongoing

Location: Curacao and Sint Maarten

Implementing Partner: Ministry of General Affairs, Department for Development Cooperation

Financial Information

Source of Funds:


 US$ 354,117


US$ 330,950

Expenditure to date:

US$ 128,000 (updated Dec 2010)

Brief Description:

Main deliverables: the first MDG Report for Curacao and Sint Maarten to serve as a base line for further development of the countries and secondly, the installation and capacity development for national socio economic databases based on DevInfo.

In different referenda held in the Netherlands Antilles (NA) (Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten), the citizens of this federation agreed on a different constitutional arrangement within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Various meetings initiated since 2005 resulted in an agreement between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles which dismantles the Netherlands Antilles Federation. The island territories St. Maarten and Curacao will become self governed countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands while the island territories Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius will become overseas territories within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The preparations and consultations for the new constitutional arrangements within the Kingdom of the Netherlands are at an advanced stage and still ongoing. This process of fundamental change presents challenges for government officials. This project will assist senior public servants to manage this change process, prepare them for new responsibilities of negotiating with multilateral organisations, assess the development status of the new countries and develop tools and capacity for data management.  

Project Document Link

Contact: Jens Ulrich Poppen