Asian Tsunami: Aid and Reconstruction After a Disaster by Sisira Jayasuriya, Peter McCawley, Bhanupong Nidhiprabha,

By Sisira Jayasuriya, Peter McCawley, Bhanupong Nidhiprabha, Budy P. Resosudarmo, Dushmi Weerakoon

The 2004 Asian tsunami was once the best ordinary catastrophe lately. virtually 230000 humans died. In reaction, governments in Asia and the wider overseas neighborhood introduced huge reduction courses. The ensuing information attempt used to be one of many biggest humanitarian courses ever equipped within the constructing international. This e-book discusses the teachings of the help attempt for catastrophe safety coverage in constructing international locations. How powerful used to be the help? What classes may be learnt approximately the best way to reply while failures strike in terrible international locations? This insightful booklet addresses those questions drawing on 3 subject matters of present improvement coverage: foreign reduction coverage; human safeguard and the bad; and techniques to catastrophe hazard aid. an important lesson is the necessity to 'go neighborhood' in increase resilience on the grassroots point in negative international locations in Asia. different classes comprise the necessity for higher cooperation among the foreign neighborhood and native and nationwide corporations, in addition to the necessity to make sure that sufficient investment is equipped to aid catastrophe safeguard and post-disaster restoration courses whereas making an allowance for expense inflation linked to large-scale reconstruction efforts. This research attracts at the perspectives of neighborhood individuals from the nations most influenced via the catastrophe. Analysts and directors enthusiastic about catastrophe reaction actions from foreign corporations, NGOs and nationwide governments will locate this a distinct and demanding source for his or her ahead making plans. The ebook also will end up to be useful for lecturers and scholars learning catastrophe administration and human protection, foreign reduction coverage, diplomacy, and Asian fiscal concerns.

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7. Psychosocial support, not widely provided, was seen as a critical service. Many aid providers supplied psychosocial support including counselling. Services provided by international NGOs tended to be rated the most highly. 8. Excellence in aid delivery was recognized. In Indonesia, international NGOs were seen as the best aid providers. In Sri Lanka, several local NGOs were rated highly. In India, the central and state governments were seen as responsive, organized, and visible. Source: Adapted from Fritz Institute report (2005).

In recent years, the international donor community has given a great deal of emphasis to the issue of effectiveness. In numerous international meetings around the world, donors have constantly emphasized the need to define and measure the effectiveness of aid programs. Dozens of reports have been commissioned on the subject, and hundreds of studies have been published on various aspects of aid effectiveness. indd 30 7/10/10 15:38:29 Response to disaster: issues 31 Difficult, therefore, though it is to evaluate the overall effectiveness of a major aid program encompassing the activities of a very large number of actors across a number of countries, some effort to do so is needed.

Return to the pre-tsunami status quo was not, therefore, a benchmark of success, since it did little to overcome development issues that made the region so vulnerable in the first place. This approach, it needs to be noted, sets a high bar in terms of standards for the delivery of tsunami aid. It assumes (or at least hopes) that donors will take a long-term point of view, that a complex range of cross-cutting issues will be addressed, and that somehow the weak state and non-state institutions which support government and governance in the tsunamiaffected countries will be able to provide good services once aid donors leave the scene.

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