The Indian Ocean Tsunami, 10 Years On

Lessons from the response and ongoing humanitarian funding challenges

Publication date: 18 December 2014
Author: Sophia Ayele, Research Assistant, Oxfam GB

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was a pivotal moment for the humanitarian sector; many lessons were learned and the humanitarian system was strengthened as a result. However, ten years on, significant challenges remain.

Using the case of the tsunami – a rare example of a well-funded humanitarian emergency – The Indian Ocean Tsunami, 10 Years On looks at key lessons from the response and examines why some emergencies receive rapid, generous funding while others remain virtually ignored by the international community.

As humanitarian need increases, it is imperative that the global community continue to work towards adequate, needs-based funding, and strives to reduce the costs and human impacts of future humanitarian emergencies.

Key recommendations from the report:

  • Increase international funding and work to reduce the impact of future emergencies.
  • Secure impartial, needs-based funding.
  • Continue to improve the quality, efficiency and sustainability of responses.
  • Gather better humanitarian funding data.