Rebuilding Lives and Homes in Aceh and Nias, Indonesia

Date: September 2010
Type: Books
Series: Urban Development Series
ISBN: 978-971-561-899-1 (print)


"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 communitybased approach recommended by donors. The book's refreshing glimpse into on-the-ground, post-disaster project implementation contains important lessons for future disaster-response donor assistance.


  • Preface
  • Rebuilding Lives and Homes in Aceh and Nias: A Retrospective
  • Planning the Earthquake and Tsunami Emergency Support Program (ETESP) Housing Program
  • Implementing On-Budget and Off-Budget Subprojects
  • Land Adjudication, Titling, and Acquisition
  • Environmental Safeguards