This report provides an overview of the achievements and key lessons of the Canadian Red Cross response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. It is not meant to provide detailed information about individual programs, but rather showcases the difference that the Canadian Red Cross programs have made to the recovery and development of communities and Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the affected countries.
This report reflects the accomplishments achieved in collaboration with the Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies of the affected countries, Partner National Societies, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (International Federation), the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Government of Canada, international organizations such as the World Bank and UN Habitat, and Canadian and international non-governmental organizations. The latter included the following implementing partners: the Canadian Co-operative Association, the World University Service of Canada, the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) and Islamic Relief. Working with these partners in the area of livelihoods and other related programs allowed the Canadian Red Cross to better address the needs of affected populations through providing complementary expertise and resources.
The key lessons identified by the Canadian Red Cross are presented throughout this document, with lessons specific to the program areas outlined in each section and cross-cutting themes elaborated on at the end of the report.