The aim of this working paper is to provide analysis to the government, NGOs and development agencies to support livelihood recovery among tsunami affected households so that they may “build back better”. Building back better requires an understanding of the pre-tsunami context and the constraints limiting livelihood opportunities. The paper suggests that post tsunami interventions must be placed in a broader economic, social and political context with more use of existing research and experience of poverty reduction in Sri Lanka .

The paper contains:

livelihood recovery for micro-entrepreneurs, particularly women
perceptions of tsunami affected households of strengths and weaknesses of livelihood recovery in north, east and south
challenges and opportunities to upgrade post tsunami fishing industry
views and structures for improving livelihoods among the fishing community

Edited by: Paul Steele
Working Paper Series No. 10