by Scott London
For the past couple of months, I have been working on a project aimed at assessing post-tsunami reconstruction in Sri Lanka. The question we’re asking is whether the massive relief effort in South Asia is working as intended — whether people are receiving the aid they have been promised, whether they have a voice in the redevelopment process, and what can be done on the part of western aid organizations and charities to better assist those in need during the transition.
The project team consists of a small development staff in California, three field researchers in Sri Lanka, a Boston-based webmaster, and a dedicated group of student researchers at several University of California campuses. The initiative also has a distinguished advisory board made up of prominent activists, academics, and development experts.
The project website, just unveiled, is at www.reclaiminitiative.org