'The lessons learned in this publication are not only relevant for post-disaster reconstruction programs in Indonesia but also in other parts of the world.'
- Dr. Suprayoga Hadi, Director for Special Areas and Disadvantaged Regions, National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), Jakarta
In December 2004, a seaquake shook the Indian Ocean, producing a powerful tsunami. The greatest damage occurred in Indonesia, nearest the quake's epicenter. The Asian Development Bank responded with a $290 million grant under the Earthquake and Tsunami Emergency Support Project. Housing accounted for more of this grant than any other sector. While this book focuses on housing, more broadly it is about how implementing post-disaster projects under exceedingly difficult conditions can achieve success, while simultaneously incorporating the community based approach recommended by donors.