The devastation of the tsunami and rehabilitation and reconstruction in its aftermath, in Aceh and Sri Lanka, intersected with and shaped the politics of ongoing civil wars leading to militant groups and government forces launching new battles over control of people, land, livelihoods and humanitarian or development aid. It resulted in a marked divergence of political trajectories with Aceh moving towards a cessation of war and Sri Lanka heading towards a resumption of war. These different political outcomes frame this volume’s carefully researched, complicated and compelling arguments about aid, activism and reconstruction in Sri Lanka and Aceh. The contributors, hailing from a diversity of disciplines such as Anthropology, Political Science, Geography and Economics, ask difficult questions and offer critical analyses of many key categories mobilised in humanitarian discourses and practices while providing fascinating ethnographic accounts and case studies of a wide array of institutions and individuals. Most importantly, this issue addresses the frequent disconnect between research and policy by interrrogating why it occurs and by exploring more innovative and alternative ways this divide can be bridged.

A must read for donors and policy makers as well as researchers and activists.

Contents & Contributors:

Introduction Malathi de Alwis & Eva-Lotta Hedman | The Geopolitics of Pre-Tsunami and Post Tsunami Aid to Sri LankaJennifer Hyndman |‘Communities’ West and East: Post-Tsunami Development Aid in Sri Lanka’s Deep South East Pradeep Jeganathan | Finding Gampöng: Space, Place & Resilience in Post-Tsunami Aceh Saiful Mahdi | A Double Wounding? Aid and Activism in Post-Tsunami Sri LankaMalathi de AlwisGovernmentality, Displacement and Politics: A Witches Brew in Post-Tsunami Aceh, IndonesiaEva-Lotta E. Hedman | The Politics of Reconstruction, Gender, and Re-Integration in Post-Tsunami Aceh Jacqueline Aquino SiapnoA Safer Sri Lanka? Technology, Security and Preparedness in Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka Vivian Choi | From Research to Policy: The Case of Tsunami Rehabilitation in Sri LankaSunil Bastian