Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management (AJEDM)

Volume 5 Number 2 (2013)

doi: 10.3850/S1793924013002356

Reconstruction Project Appraisal in a Disaster Affected Community in Central Sri Lanka

Tanja Leipold, Janaka Jayawickramaa and Phil O’Keefeb
Department of Geography, Northumbria University, Ellison Building, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, United Kingdom.


This paper analyses projects for reconstruction after landslides. The projects fall into two distinct groupings namely, disaster cycle project interventions and livelihood development interventions. Using the OECD/DAC criteria of evaluation, results from the fieldwork suggests that it is the lack of co-ordination within and between stakeholders, together with lack of co-ordination between stakeholders and beneficiaries that determines the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of project interventions. Using the Tsunami Evaluation Coalition’s summery recommendations as a measure of what is difficult in relief and rehabilitation interventions, the conclusion is reached that the same criticisms can be offered to reconstruction projects in Sri Lanka.

Keywords: Community-based disaster risk reduction, Sri Lanka, Project evaluation, OECD/DAC, Livelihood development, Co-ordination.

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