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Ten years on: what have we learnt in disaster response?

Valerie Amos
27 December 2014

Ten years on from the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 230,000 people and destroyed the lives and livelihoods of many more, UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos blogs on key lessons from the humanitarian response and progress made in the decade since.

26 December marks a decade since the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami. We've teamed up with ODI's Humanitarian Policy Group to ask a selection of experts what has changed in humanitarian responses since the disaster.

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John Telford

John Telford

John Telford has worked in human rights, humanitarian and development programmes since 1979.

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A woman shows her ID card in Timor Leste - UN Photo/Bernardino Soares (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Achieving security progress in post-conflict contexts

In both Liberia and Timor-Leste significant progress has been made over the last decade in reducing armed conflict and political violence. This event will present research from case studies on the two countries followed by a panel discussion of how security progress can be achieved in fragile settings.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 14:30 to 17:15
ODI, London
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Delivering food aid where there are no roads - Darren Hilder, Australian Defence (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

The importance of local-led responses to humanitarian crises

Jemilah Mahmood
17 December 2014

Continuing our series on what has changed in humanitarian responses since the 2004 tsunami, Dr Jemilah Mahmood shares her personal experience of the response to the disaster. Ahead of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, Dr Mahmood believes that we should be working towards humanitarian responses that are more inclusive and sensitive to context as well as remembering that local responses to crises are crucial.

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Jemilah Mahmood

Dr Jemilah Mahmood is the Chief of the World Humanitarian Summit secretariat at the United Nations.

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Simon Levine

Simon Levine is a Research Fellow in ODI's Humanitarian Policy Group.

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Communal erection of a market following the tsunami, Aceh - Julien Harnels (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Did the 2004 tsunami change emergency aid forever?

Simon Levine
15 December 2014

With the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami approaching, our new blog series looks at what has changed in humanitarian responses since 2004. In this first blog, Simon Levine looks at how the rise of cash programming is indicative of wider changes in response to disasters.

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