THE mass of money donated to tsunami-hit countries has led to too many organisations working in the disaster zones without adequate skills, Oxfam warned today.
The leading aid charity said, exactly one month on from the devastating quake, that in some cases the influx of funds had enabled agencies to work despite lacking the essential experience.
Oxfam praised the immense response to the tragedy, but called on governments and the UN to bring in accreditation for all agencies and to monitor their ability.
Brendan Cox, for the charity, said: "The vast majority of aid is working very well, but we need to get the balance right. Where there are issues and challenges, we need to be open about them and confront them."
Although many communities are being rebuilt, the lack of consultation with the locals has caused problems, Oxfam said.
In Sri Lanka, some new houses were built too close together, leading to potential sanitation problems, and the homes lacked the country's traditional kitchens which are open to the elements.
There had also been significant difficulties in southern India over the co-ordination of agencies.
Barbara Stocking, director of Oxfam, said:
"The amount of money raised means that governments and aid agencies must address issues of the quality, not just quantity of aid."