I know it’s been quite a while since my last post. There have been times when I’ve been too upset to post anything; so, I’m trying baby steps.
AFP has reported on the results of a Transparnecy International (of Berlin) report of Sri Lanka’s usage of Tsunami Aid. Of the $2.2B of aid, $603.4M was spent on non-related projects and and another $471.9M was missing. That would be over $1B of aid that went for Tsunami relief, but will never be spent on such projects. The brief article does not indicate whether the remainder of the aid has been spent, but assuming it has (and that’s a big assumption) that is just over 51% of the aid is being used for its intended purpose. The article also does not indicate the sources of the $2.2B (aid organizations, governments, private donations, etc), which would be interesting. Regardless, how conforting is this news?
You can reach Transparency International’s website here.