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14 Jan 2005 description

The way in which the disaster broke upon unprepared peoples and countries, and the international response in the first days already provides lessons that must be considered even as the aid effort gets underway. The World-wide public attention and political shock waves from the Tsunami provide a brief moment of opportunity in which the international community can address weaknesses in the way it supports the efforts of developing countries and their peoples to try to minimise the impacts of disasters.

11 Jan 2005 description

Researched, written and published by the Humanitarian Policy Group at ODI

07 Jan 2005 description

Today's decision by the USA to abandon its plan for a four-nation core group to coordinate humanitarian aid in the Indian Ocean and pass the baton back to the UN was welcomed by aid specialists at ODI, Britain's leading independent think-tank on international development and humanitarian issues.