Lessons from Aceh
The Indian Ocean tsunami on 26 December 2004 devastated the coastline in Aceh province on the northern tip of Indonesia leaving 167,000 people dead and over half a million people without homes. This resulted in an unprecedented humanitarian response. Over the next three years the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Member Agencies collectively constructed almost 20,000 houses in Aceh, in addition to numerous schools and health centres. In 'Lessons from Aceh' their experiences are used as a case study to illustrate the practical realities of delivering a successful programme and the range of issues that need to be considered; highlighting best and worst practice whilst recognizing that there is validity in different approaches within the same response. 'Lessons from Aceh' is targeted at senior managers, decision-makers and programme advisers to help them make informed decisions, manage expectations and reduce risk in future responses. It will also be of interest to built environment professionals, researchers or policy makers. An important theme throughout is the way in which reconstruction can act as a catalyst to recovery, contribute to long-term development and reduce vulnerability to future disasters. In Aceh, the most successful reconstruction programmes have left a legacy that is much more than just bricks and mortar.
Table of Contents
Prelims (Foreword, Acknowledgements)
Back Matter (Resources, Glossary, References, Further reading)
‘Lessons from Aceh successfully incorporates current thinking in the shelter sector, while carrying out a thorough comparison of responses, providing an invaluable resource for all those involved in shelter provision and settlement reconstruction.’ John Adlam, UK Department for International Development (DfID) ‘In releasing this study, DEC in collaboration with Arup have extended their humanitarian work and contributed to an ever-increasing body of knowledge so critical to the success of disaster mitigation and the recovery of communities devastated by natural catastrophes.’ Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Head of Aceh- Nias Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency (BRR) ‘Everyone concerned with disaster response knows how difficult it is to create a smooth transition between the provision of emergency shelter and longer term housing and reconstruction. Lessons from Aceh will provide invaluable guidance for those who will face similar challenges in future.’ John Mitchell, Director ALNAP ‘An invaluable detailed technical evaluation, set within sufficient context to support learning from the lessons identified.’ Dr Tom Corsellis and Antonella Vitale, Shelter Centre
Sub Title No Author Jo da Silva Editor No Number of Pages 96 Format Paperback / softback
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