By Sunil C. Perera
The Livelihoods Unit of the Reconstruction and
Development Agency [RADA], supported by the International Labour
Organization [ILO], recently launched its District-based
Coordination and Planning System (CAPS) to collect and update
information on planned and on-going post-tsunami livelihoods
recovery activities from a wide range of service providers. The
objective is to provide district and divisional level
decision-makers with the information required for coordination
and planning of livelihood recovery activities and to minimize
duplication in post-tsunami assistance.
According to Divisional Secretaries from the
tsunami- affected divisions, the lack of detailed information of
the support provided by a number of NGOs and INGOs earlier has
been a key reason for duplication and replication of aid during
aid distribution. The ILO’s Chief Technical Advisor, Doekle
Wielinga, says CAPS collects details on post-tsunami livelihood
aid distribution and service providers in a comprehensive
manner. NGOs, INGOs and state institutions are now engaged with
the CAPS in eight districts and provide details of their
post-tsunami livelihoods recovery activities. The compiled
information is distributed back to the participating (I)NGOs and
is made available to district and divisional authorities. This
information dissemination assists aid distribution agencies to
avoid duplication and replication of target activities when
planning future work in tsunami-hit areas, Wielinga said.
Coordination between aid agencies and District and Divisional
authorities is crucial. According to the District Secretary of
Hambantota M.A.Piyasena, a number of tsunami-affected fishermen
had received fibre glass boats from aid agencies without
Divisional Secretaries of the area being aware of such activity.
The District Secretary of the Ampara District,
Herath Abeyaweera, said he still needs more details of the aid
distribution, especially for affected fishermen in the Ampara
"I do not know how many boats were distributed
among the affected fishermen in the Ampara District due to the
information-sharing gap," he said.
`A0According to the Divisional Secretaries of
the tsunami affected areas in Sri Lanka, there are still a
number of affected people in their areas that have not received
adequate assistance from NGOs or INGOs.
Therefore, it is important that aid agencies
coordinate their activities with the District and Divisional
authorities and vice versa, said W. M. B. S. Nissanka,
Acting Director of RADA-Livelihood.
He continued that the Monthly Livelihood
Coordination meetings, organized through the District
Secretaries, are an important platform for such co-ordination
and that RADA District and Divisional staff are facilitating
Wielinga concluded that CAPS is a useful tool
for all stakeholders involved in livelihood recovery to share
information and better coordinate their activities.