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Foreign Assistance: USAID Signature Tsunami Reconstruction Efforts in Indonesia and Sri Lanka Exceed Initial Cost and Schedule Estimates, and Face Further Risks
David Gootnick (au)
In Dec. 2004, an earthquake caused a tsunami that devastated several countries in the Indian Ocean region. In May 2005, Congress appropriated $908 million in aid, of which the U.S. Agency for Internat. Development (USAID) is implementing $482 million in recovery projects in many affected countries, including Indonesia & Sri Lanka. This report examines: (1) the progress of USAIDís program; (2) USAIDís financial & technical oversight of its efforts, & risks it faces; & (3) actions taken by the Sec. of State in response to an April 2006 recommendation that it provide updated cost estimates & schedules & show the need for additional funding sources, if necessary. The author interviewed USAID officials & visited project sites. Charts & tables.
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