This report is a summary of an extensive evaluation undertaken by the United Nations Children‟s Fund (UNICEF) of its response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. It focuses on Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Maldives—countries that had the most serious damage and received 84 per cent of UNICEF tsunami country-level funds. The evaluation mainly examines the recovery and early development phases and assesses outcomes and impacts of the response from 2005 to 2008 in the four major sectors of UNICEF involvement: child protection; basic education; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and child and maternal health and nutrition. In addition, the evaluation provides lessons for each sector and for cross-cutting issues related to recovery programming.
Detailed evaluation findings, lessons and recommendations can be found in the following evaluation products: reports of each of the four sectors for each country (12 sector reports); three country synthesis reports; and this overall synthesis report. The overall synthesis draws upon the sector and country synthesis reports to present a broad set of findings, lessons and recommendations to strengthen ongoing programmes and future efforts in disaster preparedness planning and humanitarian and recovery response.