This Sri Lankan country study is one of four undertaken by the Tsunami Evaluation Coalition (TEC) Local and National Capacities Evaluation, which in turn is one of six evaluations undertaken by TEC. The purpose of this evaluation is to ˜determine the impact of the international tsunami response on local and national capacities for relief and recovery and risk reduction. ' This evaluation is based not only on consultations with formal stakeholders in government and aid agencies but also on a survey of more than a thousand claim-holders in affected communities. The findings of the evaluation were validated by one-day exit stakeholder workshops conducted in Colombo and Habarana on 24 and 25 April 2006. Officials from the government, INGOs, national NGOs and CBOs participated and provided valuable feedback.