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Allocation Of Solomons Tsunami Aid Unclear: Minister
Disaster authorities say funds will go to NGOs, communities

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 14, 2013) – The Solomon Islands minister for disaster management says although the government is working to ensure that international aid money is accounted for he is unclear about its allocation process.

Taiwan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia have donated close to three-quarters of a million U.S. dollars to the relief effort underway in Temotu province, following last week’s deadly tsunami.

Transparency International Solomon Islands says a report into the spending of overseas aid on the relief effort in Western province after the 2007 tsunami found two million dollars missing.

But Bradley Tovusia says now, all international aid funding should be funneled through non-governmental organizations.

"I think, I’m 50 percent sure, I’m not really sure, but I think that’s what is the directive from the government, that money has to be channeled through the NGOs or to channel to the people, to the rural people."

Bradley Tovusia says he believes his ministry’s permanent secretary along with the ministry of finance are monitoring the allocation of overseas aid money.

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