Reconstruction of Dutch Caribbean Islands

In September 2017, hurricanes Irma and Maria swept with destructive force over the windward islands of Sint Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius and devastated large parts of the islands, which triggered the Dutch government to initiate a large rehabilitation program. The Dutch effort was initially aimed at emergency aid for the three islands, for which a total of € 55 million was made available. Water Partner Sjef IIzermans is responsible for chairing a commission to evaluate the impacts of these emergency investments on the islands of Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten against their original policy objectives.

The evaluation will be completed mid-2022. The objective of this policy review is twofold. On the one hand, it will provide a complete picture of the effectiveness and efficiency of expenditure already made for the reconstruction of these three Dutch caribbean islands. On the other hand, it will outline the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation built around the full reconstruction of Sint Maarten.

For more information, please contact: Sjef IJzermans