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The Knowledge Zone and AMFO. What is AMFO ?. Stichting Antilliaanse Medefinancierings Organisatie; AMFO stands for the promotion of sustainable social development with a strong emphasis on poverty reduction (poverty alleviation);

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The knowledge zone and amfo
The Knowledge Zone and AMFO

Amfo - Kenniszone


What is amfo

What is AMFO ?

Stichting Antilliaanse Medefinancierings Organisatie;

AMFO stands for the promotion of sustainable social development with a strong emphasis on poverty reduction (poverty alleviation);

The chance for work and the possibility to work are central;

By rightful and effective management and approval of financial means to projects and programs of NGOs on the Netherlands Antilles;Non Governmental Organizations (until 2011);

The means are made available by the Dutch Government. (Ministerie van BZK)

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Working area and themes
Working area and Themes

  • The working area until 2011 is the Neth. Antilles (with offices on Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Bonaire);

  • After 2010 we will continue with the countries Curaçao en Sint Maarten;

  • The main themes are: Poverty reduction, Care and welfare , Formation and Education.

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Target groups
Target Groups

  • Youth 55%

  • Elderly 10%

  • Patients and handicapped 5%

  • Single parent households 5%

  • Others (like integral neighborhood

    approach) 25%

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Distribution code
Distribution Code

Up to 2010 after 2010

Available 9.5 mil € 6.5 mil €

  • Curaçao 50% 64%

  • Sint Maarten 28% 36%

  • Bonaire 12%

  • Statia 5%

  • Saba 5%

    Uneven reduction due to BES islands

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Strength and weaknesses amfo
Strength and weaknesses AMFO

+Availableknowledge and expertise with NGO’s and social development;

+ Strong separation between guidance and approval;

+ Wide network within the field of NGO’s;

+ Good and clear accountability;

  • Somewhat isolated;

  • Insufficiently embedded within government policies;

  • Insufficiently in line with comparable project and institutions.

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Challenges 2011 2012
Challenges 2011 - 2012

  • Shift from problem solving to prevention;

  • Stimulation of innovation, creativity and independency of NGO’s and their target groups;

  • Fine tuning of policy, programs and projects with the new countries Sint Maarten and Curaçao;

  • High degree of cooperation and fine tuning with other comparable organizations like USONA, Reda Social en Samenwerkende Fondsen;

  • To share knowledge with especially UNA.(see memorandum of Understanding UNA september 2010).

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The una and amfo but also sociaal kenniscentrum and cbs
The UNA and AMFObut also SociaalKenniscentrum and CBS

  • Input of scientifical insights which are relevant for AMFO projects;

  • New insights in measuring of results and responsabilisation of social projects;

  • Statistical social information with an emphasis on neighborhoods;

  • Giving output on problems from the field;

  • Which interventions have positive results;

  • The creation of a study group for the research of possibilities;

  • The creation of a practical knowledge base for students/stagiars;

  • De millennium development goals are central for UNA as well as AMFO.

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Thanks danki
Thanks / Danki !

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