Approaches to Equity in Post-Tsunami Assistance. Sri Lanka: A Case Study.
This paper reviews how equity has been handled in the post-tsunami context, using the Sri Lankan experience as a case study. Through qualitative and quantitative evidence, it identifies: patterns of inequity by comparing the assistance provided to tsunami and conflict affected communities; and disparities in the assistance provided within the tsunami Internally Displaced Person (IDP) group itself. The findings indicate that despite the stated intentions of the Government of Sri Lanka, development partners, etc. to support the needs of both IDP groups and promote an equitable post-tsunami response, significant disparities have prevailed. This paper was presented at 'Conflict Prevention and Peaceful Development: Policies to Reduce Inequality and Exclusion', a CRISE policy conference held on July 9-10, 2007 at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford.