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Report 2004-2009: Federation-wide Tsunami 4.5-Year Progress Report


Appeal No. 28/2004

About this report

This is the sixth International Federation-wide tsunami progress report, with the first report published in December 2006, second in June 2007, third in December 2007, fourth in July 2008 and fifth in December 2008.

While this report does offer an opportunity to gauge the progress over the six-month period of September 2008 to March 2009, it presents what is best defined a cumulative picture; therefore there should be some caution in drawing conclusions from comparisons between the reports. The data presented in each progress report is reflective of the number of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies reporting into it. This figure has changed for each report.

Methodologies used to gather information also continue to be refined as called for due to the changing conditions in the countries being reported on. In addition, updated population data becomes available and data collection methodologies are then updated and adapted to the different contexts. These and other factors have resulted in the definitions of some indicators changing, leading to changes in figures reported. For explanations of the methodology and definitions used for this report, please refer to Annexes 1 and 2.

It is important to note also that in the months since March, Sri Lanka has reached an end to decades of civil conflict and the Maldivian government has ratified the Maldivian Red Crescent Act, paving the way for the formation of a National Society. These major developments in two nations most affected by the tsunami will present new challenges and implications for the ongoing operations.

Finally, the current report only looks at achievements in the five countries worst affected by the tsunami Four years on, affected communitues continue to benefit from livelihood projects, including this mat weaving project in Simeulue. Fauzan/Norwegian Red Cross. 2 (Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Thailand and India) whereas the December report captured progress made in all eight countries that were affected by the tsunami. The indicator data and narrative are biased towards the three worst-affected countries (Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives) and to a lesser extent, Thailand.

Glossary of terms:

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (International Federation): refers to the Secretariat and all member National Societies collectively. The term Red Cross Red Crescent is used interchangeably with International Federation. Note that both these terms are different from "the Movement", which denotes the whole International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in addition to the International Federation secretariat and member national societies.

Secretariat: refers to the coordinating entity which represents the International Federation's members. In the tsunami recovery operation - like in many other operations - the secretariat also performs an operational role. For the purpose of global reporting, the secretariat must report income, expenditure and the programme results of its operations in the field. The figures for income received represent the contributions of many member national societies and other public and private donors to the secretariat's tsunami appeal.

Host/Local National Society: refers to the National Society of the country where the recovery operation is taking place.