Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has urged the government and all concerned parties to approach the reconstruction process in a more participatory manner in order to minimize corruption.
“It is now time to take stock of the reconstruction process and the national and international commitment towards the rebuilding efforts,” TISL said.
“The TISL believes that all stakeholders including the government of Sri Lanka need to frankly critically evaluate their role in the process.”
The organization urged all political leaders, political parties and groups to act with responsibility and give highest priority to the post-tsunami reconstruction effort, while assuring tsunami victims that their voices would be heard in the process.
“It is only with [a] participatory approach that possible corruption could be minimized in Sri Lanka,” TISL added.
“It will be too late in the day unless both the government and donors themselves encourage and facilitate effective participation of the civil society, community-based organizations and professional bodies to be engaged in a systemic monitoring activity that is answerable to the beneficiaries of aid and the public.”