Speaking at the launch of the Development Assistance Database (DAD), a web-based application providing key information with regard to tsunami reconstruction projects, on September 2nd, TAFREN Chairman Mano Tittawella appealed to all donors and stakeholders in the reconstruction effort to share information of their contributions as well as the progress of their work through the DAD website (http://dad.tafren.gov.lk).
"This system will accurately portray the work you are doing not only to the international sponsors, but also to the people in Sri Lanka, and other stakeholders in the process," he said, addressing a large gathering that included donor representatives from the multi-lateral & bi-lateral agencies, NGOs and INGOs, Government officials and other stakeholders.
Highlighting the need to maintain complete transparency at all levels in the Sri Lankan tsunami reconstruction effort, Mr. Tittawella also noted that, DAD Sri Lanka was not only an instrument for transparency, but was also a method to show how Governments and other stakeholders could work together. "This is a good start. But the success of the project will depend on how much we keep this active, current and reliable. The DAD project must not be forgotten after today's launch," Mr. Tittawella emphasized.
UNDP Country Director Abu Salim, read a congratulatory note sent by UN Special Envoy Bill Clinton to the Sri Lankan Government and TAFREN on the launch of DAD Sri Lanka. Mr. Clinton in his note had stressed that this endeavor has reflected the Government's commitment and its desire for complete transparency in the entire process.
TAFREN CEO Rohini Nanayakkara announced that the website could be accessed by anyone. She pointed out that 214 projects had been entered into the system by the inaugural day showing a commitment totalling US $ 1.2 billion, with over 50 implementing partners and 55 donors providing their updates directly to the site. The figure is expected to rise once the remaining donors have done their part in putting their information on the database.
TAFREN's Programme Director for Donor Coordination Rachel Perera and UNDP's Regional Advisor for Aid Coordination Aidan Cox demonstrated the many useful features and formats of the information database.