learning from the humanitarian response
July 2005

This special issue on the Tsunami is being printed in and distributed from Sri Lanka. Published in English, Tamil, Sinhala and Bahasa Indonesia, the issue brings together local and international analyses of the effectiveness of the post-tsunami humanitarian response by key leaders of relief and recovery operations.

To obtain a hard copy, email fmr@qeh.ox.ac.uk, indicating which language you require and providing your postal address.


Contents and links to all articles


Many thanks to the donors - AUSTCARE, Concern, Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, Christian Aid, Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies - Sri Lanka, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), World Vision Australia, World Vision Canada, World Vision USA, UNICEF and UNHCR Sri Lanka - without whose help this issue could not have been produced.

July 05


Eva-Lotta Hedman

UN assesses tsunami response
Marion Couldrey and Tim Morris

Natural disasters and IDPs’ rights
Walter Kälin

The public health response to the tsunami
Manuel Carballo and Bryan Heal

The great land theft
Scott Leckie

Has the tsunami affected funding for other crises?
Toby Lanzer

DFID evaluation of tsunami response
David Horobin


Accessing IDPs in post-tsunami Aceh
Claudia Hudspeth

IDPs confined to barracks in Aceh
Lukman Age

Ensuring minimum standards in reproductive health care
Sandra Krause

Humanitarian coordination in Indonesia: an NGO viewpoint
Carsten Völz

Post-tsunami protection concerns in Aceh
FMR Editors

Powerless victims or strong survivors?
Ingvild Solvang

Sri Lanka

Ethnic conflict, the state and tsunami disaster in Sri Lanka
Jayadeva Uyangoda

Reflections on post-tsunami psychosocial work
Ananda Galappatti

Livelihoods in post-tsunami Sri Lanka
Simon Harris

Six months on: facing fears
Lyndon Jeffels

Logistical challenges
Steve Matthews

Small fish trampled in post-tsunami stampede
Irene Fraser


Humanitarian response towards Burmese migrant workers
Pia Oberoi


Indian symposium reviews tsunami response
report by Paula Banerjee and Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury

A voice for vulnerable groups in Tamil Nadu
Max Martin

Response effectiveness: views of the affected population
Anisya Thomas and Vimala Ramalingam


Lost innocence: the tsunami in the Maldives
Heidi Brown


An African perspective on the tsunami
Bahame Tom Nyanduga

Vulnerable populations in Somalia
OCHA Somalia office