Money Matters

Civil rights groups are calling on the government and other non-governmental organisations (NGO) for transparency in tsunami relief operations. Civil rights groups are calling on the government and other non-governmental organisations (NGO) for transparency in tsunami relief operations. “An immediate attempt should be made to account for all donations that have been received for reconstruction and relief by the Government, all governmental institutions, all political parties and non governmental organisations,” said a statements from Transparency International Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Other civil rights groups are also clamouring for accountability in tsunami relief from NGOs.

The Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) that is made up of a network of 67 agencies in the humanitarian work wants all NGOs providing humanitarian assistance to publish their accounts.

The CHA estimates that around 400 local and international NGOs are involved in relief and rehabilitation work and are handling around Rs 300 mn worth of goods and cash at the moment.

“It’s very difficult to say, but around 400 local and international NGOs are involve