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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2966

Need for effective communication and transparency

[b]Need for effective communication and transparency during tsunami reconstruction highlighted [/b]
By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting for Asian Tribune

[b]Colombo, 02 February, ([/b] The need for more effective communication, widespread transparency and robust monitoring came out strongly at a workshop that discussed the eight "Guiding Principles" for tsunami reconstruction.

At the workshop, it was wholly agreed that people's participation is key to the entire process of reconstruction and this aspect has been generally ignored by the key players at all levels. The workshop participants agreed that people should not be mere passive recipients but actual owners of the process and the funds that have been raised to address their plight.

The one-day workshop titled "Building Back Better- are we on track?" that brought together government, non-government, international, donor agencies from tsunami affected districts to the BMICH in Colombo, sought to present clear recommendations on implementing the guiding principles. These principles, dealing with equity, transparency, coordination, subsidiary, accountability among others, were introduced to guide the process of reconstruction and minimize discrimination, corruption and inequity in relief and rehabilitation.

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