Oxfam Tsunami Accountability Report

Published: 5 December 2005

The impact of the tsunami will continue to be felt for many years. More than 230,000 people died or are missing and more than 1.8 million people were displaced. Many hundreds of thousands lost their livelihoods.

The disaster prompted an unprecedented level of solidarity and generosity from around the globe. In total, Oxfam will have received US$278 million from members of the public, corporations, and institutional partners. They placed their trust in us – as an organization with strong grassroots links with partner organisations – to meet the immediate and long-term development needs of communities affected by the tsunami. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of our supporters for making the speed and scale of our response possible.

Our immediate priority was to save lives, reduce public health risks, ensure adequate shelter, and contribute to the restoration of assets and livelihoods. Our approach was not to compete with other NGOs in the same area of work, but rather to work in areas most appropriate to our expertise, especially among the poorest people. In the weeks following the disaster, we rushed emergency aid to survivors, distributing essential relief items and shelter materials. We set up clean water and sanitation services, and promoted good health and hygiene. Despite the huge numbers of people in need of assistance, the international aid effort successfully prevented major outbreaks of water-borne disease.