The official in charge of governmental relief funds in Indonesia is “shocked” at the lack of reconstruction progress in the Aceh province, fully five months after the Indian Ocean tsunami.

BBC News reports that Kuntoro Mangkusubroto primarily blames bureaucratic wrangling for the delays. “There is no sense of urgency,” he said.

Meanwhile private funding continues to flow freely as NGOs effectively implement their relief efforts. Visit Acton’s Tsunami Guide to Effective Giving for information about how your money can help the continuing need in southeast Asia.

  • http://tomgrey.motime.com Tom Grey – Liberty Dad

    No only, nor primarily, no sense of urgency — but no accountability.
    No annual, quarterly, or especially monthly reports, of what was done, by whom.

    The UN and all “aid” agencies, especially gov’t sponsored, should have official web sites with the full project of each project funded, and the measurable results expected. And the measures of those results.

    Merely creating a public record will hugely increase the effectiveness. If that was the ONLY reform of the UN, it would likely work so well that no other reforms would be so pushed for.

  • http://blog.acton.org/index.html?/archives/135-Game-Review-Food-Force.html Acton Institute PowerBlog

    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has found a new way to get the word out about its efforts. Food Force is a free downloadable video game designed by the WFP, in which the users will “Play the game, learn about food aid, and help WFP work towa

  • http://blogcritics.org/archives/2005/05/20/110519.php Blogcritics

    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has found a new way to get the word out about its efforts….