Sri Lanka tsunami recovery hampered by lack of accountability: IDA

Dec 26, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s tsunami recovery efforts were hampered by lack of effective institutions, the International Development Association (IDA), part of the World Bank group said. “Reconstruction needs strong and accountable institutions,” it said in a statement.

“Sri Lanka’s tsunami reconstruction was hampered from time to time by the dearth of effective institutions, especially at the central government level to undertake the huge task of reconstruction.”

It said changes in agencies set up to oversee tsunami recovery efforts and the accompanying personnel turnover associated with these institutional changes “negatively affected” the reconstruction process.

“These institutions were short of experience in public procurement, public financial management and safeguard issues, and lacked the capacity to carry out effectively the necessary coordination of a large reconstruction program with other government agencies, donors, and NGOs.”

The statement said the IDA has just started preparing a report on the key lessons learned from the IDA-financed operations to support Sri Lanka after it was hit by the December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

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