Britain and Japan prove the most generous countries in giving aid to the victims of the tsunami. Not only have both of those countries given more money than any other country, they have both given a larger contribution of the money that they pledged than almost anyone else, and are both FAR ahead. Britain has given 97% of all the money it pledged, and Japan has given 100%. The most unreliable country is Australia - giving only 7% of the money it pledged and the second-most unreliable is France (obviously) giving only 13% of the money it pledged. Germany gave only 15% of the money it pledged.

Both Britain and Japan gave more money than the US.

From The Mirror -

25 June 2005


Scandal of tsunami aid world pledged but has not given

By Rosa Prince Political Correspondent

RICH countries have delivered only a fraction of the cash they promised to the stricken nations of South Asia...six months after the tsunami disaster.

The worst offender, Australia, has stumped up just seven per cent of the 236,748,512 it pledged to the region.

Only Japan has forked out 100 per cent of the aid it said it would give.

Britain is proving the second most dependable nation, paying 97 per cent of the 77,002,477 pledged by the Government.

By delivering on our commitments, the UK became the second-most-generous donor in the world, after Japan, despite seven other countries promising to give more.

France has proved the second-most- unreliable donor, coming up with just 13 per cent of the 256,906,988 committed by President Jacques Chirac's government.

Germany made good on only 15 per cent of its promises, while the United States handed over just 72,888,681 of the 193,674,721 pledged by President George Bush - only 38 per cent. The figures, compiled by the United Nations, show that on the six month anniversary of the disaster tomorrow, the world is failing South Asia.

Roger Yates, of ActionAid, which released the figures, said: "Donor governments have to understand there continues to be a very real crisis in these countries.

"If they fail deliver on their financial commitments, as they have with other emergencies in the past, then the work of rebuilding broken communities will be all that much harder."

Rich donor countries have long had a poor record of delivering on their promises.

Victims of the Rwanda genocide, Bam earthquake in Iran, Afghanistan war, and hurricane Mitch in Central America received a fraction of the cash promised to them.

Gareth Thomas, minister at the Department of International Development, said: "We always said we would deliver in line with our pledges to the tsunami appeal in order that we could get the food, the shelter and sanitation to the people who needed it.

"Two weeks ago, I saw for myself the benefits that has had on the ground in Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

"We now have to move on to confront the challenge of helping people rebuild their financial livelihoods after this disaster."

But Oxfam will today claim landowners and businesses are being prioritised for aid, leaving many of the poorest communities desperately needing help.

When the tidal wave hit, killing almost 300,000 people, ramshackle housing was the first to collapse along the coastlines of Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and Thailand.

Barbara Stocking, of Oxfam, said: "The aid effort must increase its emphasis on targeting poor people, marginalised groups and women to ensure they are not excluded from reconstruction efforts."