10 Years after the Tsunami in Aceh: Rebuilding Better from Disaster

10 Years after the Tsunami in Aceh: Rebuilding Better from Disaster

Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET (20:00 -– 21:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: Preston Auditorium, WBG Headquarters & Online

On December 26, 2004, a massive tsunami fanned across the Indian Ocean, striking 14 countries, including Indonesia. Aceh, the country’s northernmost province, was hardest hit with 220,000 people dead or missing and over a half million left homeless. Towns were decimated and infrastructure was left in shambles. The final damage estimate was $6.2 billion.

The Government of Indonesia stepped in to lead the reconstruction process and established the Agency for the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Aceh and Nias (BRR) as assistance poured in from around the world. The World Bank Group, along with other international donors, supported the effort through the $700 million-dollar Multi Donor Fund for Aceh and Nias.

Ten years later, a panel reflected on what was lost and what was learned from the experience of rebuilding Aceh back better.

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Minister of Finance, Indonesia
President and CEO, World Resources Institute
Vice President, Development Finance, World Bank Group
Chief Institutional Economist & Former Governance Advisor in Indonesia, The World Bank