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International Recovery Platform

Brieing Paper

The ten years following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami have given us an opportunity to document both the positive as well as the negative experiences in Sri Lanka. The main factors inluencing recovery outcomes in Sri Lanka can be catergorised as: 1. The nature and extent of settlement planning 2. The role of local institutions including local government 3. Socio-economic characteristics of victims 4. The role of donor agencies 5. Distance between the original and new settlement 6. Quality of construction 7. The nature and extent of social infrastructure 8. Beneiciary participation and community mobilisation These experiences are useful not just for Sri Lanka but also for other countries that are likely to face similar disasters in the future. They can also inform Sri Lanka’s action plans to address the targets and priorities set out in the recently agreed Sendai Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

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