An Assessment of Earthquake Relief and Reconstruction Assistance

ID-77-25: Published: Mar 17, 1977. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1977.

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The assistance provided to Nicaragua following the earthquake in December 1972 could have been more effective had all projects been completed on time and had the Nicaraguan Government provided adequate maintenance of projects after they were completed.

The assistance greatly helped in taking care of immediate needs and restoring public services and facilities. Many of the Las Americas housing units, constructed in May 1973 still lack indoor bathroom facilities, however, and the reconstruction of some public facilities is 2 years behind schedule.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Administrator of the Agency for International Development (AID) should stress to the Nicaraguan Government the need to complete the housing and reconstruction programs in the shortest possible time and, in considering future levels of assistance to the Nicaraguan Government, take into account the manner in which facilities previously financed by AID are maintained. The Secretary of the Treasury should inform U.S. representatives to international organizations that they should carefully consider the maintenance performance of the Nicaraguan Government in voting on future assistance programs. The Secretaries of State and the Treasury and the Administrator, AID, should seek to formalize coordination so that complete and current information on the progress of planned and ongoing projects is available to AID and the other donors.

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