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Post-Tsunami Recovery: Issues and Challenges in Sri Lanka

dc.contributor.authorSisira Jayasuriya
dc.contributor.authorPaul Steele
dc.contributor.authorDushni Weerakoon
dc.description.abstractThis is one of the first analytical reports on the major lessons learned from Sri Lanka’s experience of the tsunami and the response in the rebuilding phase: Promised external assistance appeared at first to be more than adequate to cover reconstruction costs in full. But problems soon emerged with relief payments, providing credit facilities, distribution of funds, coordination of reconstruction activities, and mismanagement of funds. Progress has been slow, uneven, and concentrated in certain areas, while missing other regions. Poor coordination among domestic and external agencies has emerged as a serious problem, together with the sensitive issue of balancing political considerations and humanitarian assistance to the needy. Some international NGOs’ reluctance to cooperate with government institutions, and competitive behavior towards other agencies have hampered coordination and implementation. The modalities of aid spending, including procedures and mechanisms need to be reviewed to improve quick and effective responses. Problems with aid utilization and accountability must be urgently addressed. Practical policy recommendations made in this report include: livelihood related cash payments to households; assistance for rebuilding houses; titles to new houses; buffer zone rules; early warning and disaster management systems; coordination of donor assisted activities and macroeconomic policy issues. Doubtless other tsunami-affected countries could benefit from a similar study by local scholars to reconfirm applicable lessons and to identify home-grown solutions so that something of lasting positive value may yet come out of this appalling tragedy.
dc.publisherAsian Development Bank Institute
dc.rightsCC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.titlePost-Tsunami Recovery: Issues and Challenges in Sri Lanka
dc.typeWorking Papers
dc.subject.expertDevelopment Planning
dc.subject.expertDevelopment Research
dc.subject.expertTechnology Development
dc.subject.expertAid And Development
dc.subject.expertAsian Development Bank
dc.subject.expertComprehensive Development Framework
dc.subject.expertDevelopment Cooperation
dc.subject.expertDevelopment Management
dc.subject.expertDevelopment Planning
dc.subject.expertDevelopment Strategies
dc.subject.adbDevelopment strategy
dc.subject.adbDevelopment models
dc.subject.adbEconomic development
dc.subject.adbNew technology
dc.subject.adbRural planning
dc.subject.adbAid coordination
dc.subject.adbIndustrial projects
dc.subject.adbInfrastructure projects
dc.subject.adbNatural resources policy
dc.subject.adbEducational development
dc.subject.adbAbsorptive capacity
dc.subject.naturalRural planning
dc.subject.naturalRegional development bank
dc.subject.naturalProject finance
dc.subject.naturalStrategic planning
dc.subject.naturalInfrastructure projects
dc.subject.naturalGovernment programs
dc.subject.naturalPublic finance
dc.subject.naturalPublic enterprises
dc.subject.naturalDevelopment In East Asia
dc.subject.naturalDevelopment Planning
dc.subject.naturalDevelopment Research
dc.subject.naturalTechnology Development
dc.subject.naturalAid And Development
dc.subject.naturalAsian Development Bank
dc.subject.naturalComprehensive Development Framework
dc.subject.naturalDevelopment Cooperation
dc.subject.naturalDevelopment Management
dc.subject.naturalDevelopment Planning
dc.subject.naturalDevelopment Strategies Development strategy
dc.subject.naturalDevelopment models
dc.subject.naturalEconomic development
dc.subject.naturalNew technology
dc.subject.naturalRural planning
dc.subject.naturalAid coordination
dc.subject.naturalIndustrial projects
dc.subject.naturalInfrastructure projects
dc.subject.naturalNatural resources policy
dc.subject.naturalEducational development
dc.subject.naturalAbsorptive capacity
dc.subject.naturalEconomic development projects
dc.subject.naturalEconomic forecasting
dc.subject.naturalEconomic development projects
dc.subject.naturalMunicipal government
dc.subject.naturalTechnology transfer
dc.subject.naturalExchanges of patents and technical information
dc.subject.naturalTechnical education
dc.subject.naturalCommunication in rural development
dc.subject.naturalCommunication in community development
dc.subject.naturalEconomic development projects
dc.subject.naturalDevelopment banks
dc.subject.naturalEconomic forecasting
dc.subject.naturalEnvironmental auditing
dc.subject.naturalCumulative effects assessment
dc.subject.naturalHuman rights and globalization
dc.subject.naturalTransfer Technocracy
dc.subject.naturalAbsorptive capacity
dc.title.seriesResearch Paper Series
dc.contributor.imprintAsian Development Bank
oar.themeSmall Medium Business
oar.adminregionSouth Asia Region
oar.countrySri Lanka
oar.authorJayasuriya, Sisira
oar.authorSteele, Paul
oar.authorWeerakoon, Dushni

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