Targeting Disaster Aid in Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka

Asha Gunawardena, Jean-Marie Baland

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In this article we examine the allocation of boats and houses, the two major types of aid made available to tsunami-affected fishery households in Sri Lanka. We investigate the effectiveness of targeting by looking at the distributional impacts and the determinants of allocation of these transfers at the household level. We find that houses were much better targeted than boats in terms of compensating for the losses due to the tsunami. We also find that the ex post distribution of boats is much more unequal than the distribution that prevailed before the tsunami. The reverse is true for the distribution of houses, for which the government took a much more active role.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-195
Number of pages17
JournalDevelopment Policy Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • Aid targeting
  • Fishery sector
  • Post-disaster development
  • Reconstruction and rehabilitation
  • Sri Lanka


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