Annan seeks immediate tsunami aid


The UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has urged international donors to convert pledges of aid for the tsunami victims into $1bn cash for immediate use.
At the aid conference in Indonesia, Mr Annan said the disaster threw up "daunting logistical constraints" and there was now "a race against time".

World and local leaders, aid groups, and international organisations are attending the conference in Jakarta.

The programmes - costing a total of $977m - would include $215m towards food, $222m toward shelter and $122m towards healthcare.

The biggest single recipient would be Indonesia, the worst-hit country, which would receive $371m of the immediate aid, with the remainder spread across the rest of the region
purchasing power parity - $758.8 billion (2004 est.)

Sri Lanka

purchasing power parity - $73.7 billion (2004 est.)

Having just read those figures , and where the money is going , more importantly , how the priorities have been decided , I'd better go for a quick amble round the block to give my p*ss a chance to drop back to safe operating temperature. :evil: :evil:
So basically the worst hit areas, get less money.

How the hell can they value human life in one area as so little.

Or there some other motive behind it!!
Now now Sabre , I'm sure no one has balanced the needs and geo-politics of servicing the biggest Muslim population in the world, against a few thousand Buddhists ,Christians and Hindus in a British Commonwealth country.

Especially a country that spends so much on imported Military equipment.

Economic aid - recipient:
$43 billion Indonesia finished its IMF program in December 2003 but still receives bilateral aid through the Consultative Group on Indonesia (CGI), which pledged $2.8 billion in grants and loans for 2004. (2003 est.)
Is that the Band playing "...and you can believe it if you like"?
Indonesia GDP:
purchasing power parity - $758.8 billion (2004 est.)

Sri Lanka GDP:
purchasing power parity - $73.7 billion (2004 est.)
Indonesia population 201 million
Sri Lanka population 20 million

So virtually the same level of 'prosperity' in both countries?

Surely the initial emergency response should be on basis of immediate human need, not national prosperity (with foreign policy objectives also temporarily taking a back seat)?

'Prosperity' calculations are surely more relevant when it comes to longer-term assistance for infrastructure/economic reconstruction?
On-topic to the thread title. Some of us expressed concern in the early days of the disaster about the number of rival international groupings pushing forward to 'take the lead'.

So it seems sensible of Colin Powell to announce the disbandment of the original US/Japan/India/Australia 'lead group', having served its original purpose of jump-starting the response, and its folding into the broader UN-led operation.

Bonus - leaves the UN in the frame for future criticism of the response.

Needless to say, US military will "coordinate closely" but not be under UN command.
Bliar's aid promises 'lack detail' - the Times,,18690-1427669,00.html

...Britain has sent two ships, HMS Chatham and RFA Diligence, and is preparing a third. None of the “several hundred million” in aid pledged by Mr Blair will come from Britain’s £4 billion-plus of existing development assistance for poor countries, the Government said.The commitment came as Whitehall officials struggled to lay out in detail how the amount suggested by the Prime Minister will be spent, or from where it will come.

More than a week on from the tsunami, Britain’s relief efforts still appeared to be work in progress, with only sketchy details of what is being spent and how the sums mentioned by Mr Blair might add up. The lack of detail was in contrast to the extensive blueprint mapped out by Mr Howard.
Although the Prime Minister’s view yesterday was that the Government will probably need to spend “several hundred million” pounds, for now Britain’s main commitment to the relief effort is the £50 million being spent through the Department for International Development.
My use of bold type. It was also postulated on the Today programme this morning that the number of British killed in the tsunami may be substantially higher than so far revealed, and that the real figures are being suppressed to spare the Dear Leader embarrassment because he stayed on holiday.
I'm very pleased this "core group" is a dead duck. After all, look at the last temporary organisation the yanks blessed the world with (the CPA!)

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