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This web log is a news and views blog. The primary aim is to provide an avenue for the expression and collection of ideas on sustainable, fair, and just, grassroot level development. Some of the topics that the blog will specifically address are: poverty reduction, rural development, educational issues, social empowerment, post-Tsunami relief and reconstruction, livelihood development, environmental conservation and bio-diversity. 

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Sri Lanka receives US$1.2 billion of US$3.2 billion pledged in tsunami aid

The Academic: 02/09/2005"

Associated Press, Fri September 2, 2005 02:26 EDT . Sri Lanka's government said Friday it has received only about one-third of the US$3.2 billion (euro2.58 billion) in aid pledged after last year's devastating tsunami, which killed more than 31,000 people on the island. ``More should be coming, but right now we have only this amount,'' Mano Tittawella, chairman of the state-run Task Force for Rebuilding the Nation, said while inaugurating a Web site that will allow anyone access to information about post-tsunami recovery projects, including financial reports.

The government is ``committed to the transparent, accountable, and efficient use of resources for tsunami relief,'' Tittawella said about the Web site, named the Development Assistance Database.

The Dec. 26 tsunami affected 1 million of the country's of 19 million people. Tittawella said a total of US$1.2 billion (euro970 million) has been committed for 214 projects to date.

At an international conference in the Sri Lankan hill town of Kandy in May, donors pledged US$3.2 billion (euro2.58 billion) for Sri Lanka.

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