Empowering People After Natural Disasters: Lessons from the Post-tsunami Legal Assistance, Governance, and Anticorruption Project in Sri Lanka

Publication | May 2010

ADB's posttsunami legal assistance, governance, and anticorruption work under the Tsunami-Affected Areas Rebuilding Project in Sri Lanka, which has assisted about 35,000 people, provides such experience. It also served as the precedent for a similar governance intervention in Asian Development Bank (ADB) assistance to Pakistan after the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, which has assisted approximately another 27,000 people. Past experience also suggests that the issues raised here should be considered and addressed well before natural disasters hit.


  • Why is Empowering People after a Natural Disaster Important?
  • What is the Sri Lankan Experience?
  • What did Tsunami-Affected People Need?
  • How did the Project Address These Needs?
  • Legal Assistance
  • Decentralizing the Delivery of Legal and Administrative Services
  • Documentation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution - Tsunami Special Mediation Boards
  • Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption
  • Capacity Building and Public Awareness
  • Special Child Care Program and the National Child Protection Authority
  • Is the Sri Lanka Project a Replicable Model?
  • Has the Sri Lanka Model Been Applied Elsewhere?
  • What are the Next Steps for ADB?