Sri Lanka: Tsunami-Affected Areas Rebuilding Project
sector: Finance, Public Sector Management, Transport, Water and Other Urban Infrastructure and Services | country: Sri Lanka
The decision to use the project management units (PMUs) of ongoing ADB-funded projects with minor increase in staff expedited reconstruction. This ensured that field staff members who were familiar with the area were already on-site, thus shortening the assessment time required for the assistance.
In emergency situations, requiring design changes that are inconsistent with existing regulations should be avoided no matter how appropriate. While the government agreed to these new design changes, they had to be formalized and communicated to all, which could not be readily achieved in an emergency where institutions are still being rebuilt.