opment Institute (CODI) and the Thai Community Foun 
Box 7 People to People Support
dation
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  met with NGOs, civic groups, community net 
works and government organizations operating in the
The Community Planning Network, which is very
southern part of the country to see how they could
active in southern Thailand, has been a key ally in
work jointly to assist the victims in the tsunami affected
tsunami rehabilitation.  In the first days, the network s
provinces.  Since providing quick and effective relief
leader, a rubber farmer named Pooyai Gomet,
was clearly beyond the scope of any one government
mobilized men to help set up the Bang Muang
or organization alone, it called for the combined support,
camp and build temporary houses.  The network
skills and resources of many groups, individuals, relief
helped several communities to negotiate against
agencies and community networks.  The Save the
eviction, and organised many of the exchange visits
Andaman Fishing Communities Network was quickly
between tsunami affected communities.  Supporting
established.   The network set up six working teams,
this kind of horizontal learning helped to build
one for each province, to (i) survey the damage and
new networks among affected communities, and
begin building a common data base on affected commu 
helped them tackle common problems as a com 
nities; and (ii) begin providing relief assistance to people
bined force.
in tsunami hit villages, and (iii) subsequently helping
the longer term task of setting up temporary housing
Source: Housing by People in Asia, Newsletter of Asian Coali 
in relief camps and working with people to rebuild
tion for Housing Rights Number 16, August 2005
their lives and livelihoods.
As of 30 September 2005, SAN had received USD 3.6
million in donations from the public sector, private sec 
tor and NGOs, of which a total of USD 2.2 million has
IV Public Expenditure on the Tsunami
already been spent to provide support to 121 tsunami af 
Response
fected villages in the six provinces
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.
As of November 2005, the RTG had provided assistance
The RTG set up a special committee led by a Deputy
to 442,460 tsunami victims to the tune of USD 1 billion,
Prime Minister to coordinate and look after the donation
including emergency relief and reconstruction ex 
of funds as money poured into countless bank accounts
penditure, as detailed in the tables below:
set up by public and private sector organizations and
NGOs for assisting tsunami victims.
Table 17: Financial Assistance Provided to Tsunami Affected People by the RTG
PM Office Assistance
Fund and Central Budget
Amount disbursed
%
Sub Committee on
for fiscal year 2005
(USD)
Disbursement
IM
(USD)
AN
1.  Assisting foreign tourists
4,654,849
1,837,315
39
US T
2.  Assisting tsunami affected people
19,926,712
18,954,543
95
EH T
3.  Assisting tsunami affected fishermen
19,992,269
12,551,605
63
O TE
4.  Assisting unemployed people
5,254,677
4,177,762
80
SN
5.  Assessing assistance to small vendors
3,406,866
3,360,540
99
OPSE
7.  Providing accommodation for tsunami affected people
2,479,182
1,158,602
47
 R S
8.  Assisting tsunami affected students
9,487,698
9,373,697
99
DNA
Total
65,202,253
51,414,064
79
ILA
Source: Office of Prime Minister website, November 2005
H T 2TR
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