Oxfam update on Aceh

Rick Bauer, the Public Health Engineering Advisor for Oxfam GB, gave an update of the reconstruction effort in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The speaker focussed on difficulties encountered by all implementing agencies in the limited availability of building materials, their change in market value, and assuring quality when under time pressures. Rick Bauer described the operational environment in Aceh, where lack of sectoral and cross-sectoral coordination was reported amongst humanitarian actors.


Jo da Silva, Associate Director of Arup, presented on behalf of Oxfam GB her consultancy report on reconstruction in Aceh, focussing on: a lack of effective awareness of the seismic hazard; the existence of inconsistent and incorrect guidance on construction; and quality being dependent on skills and expertise of individuals, without sufficient guidance and training being provided.