Breaking through Bureaucracy for Speedy Recovery: Lessons Learned from Post-Tsunami Indonesia


Thursday, November 18, 2010, 5:00pm to 6:30pm


Taubman 301, Taubman Building, HKS Campus

About the Seminar
The December 26, 2004 tsunami that devastated coastal areas along the Indian Ocean caused particularly extensive damage in north Sumatra, where destructive waves traveled more than five kilometers inland and tragically killed well over 100,000 area residents.

In this session of the Program on Crisis Leadership’s (PCL) “Disaster Management in Asia” seminar series, Maggy Horhoruw, formerly with the Director’s Office of the Indonesian Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency (BRR), will highlight lessons learned from the massive recovery effort that followed, which not only involved scores of Indonesian governmental agencies but hundreds of international donors and aid organizations as well.

Doug Ahlers, a PCL faculty affiliate and adjunct lecturer in public policy who teaches the course “Disaster Recovery Management and Urban Development: Rebuilding New Orleans,” will serve as discussant, linking Horhoruw’s observations to other major recovery efforts.

The event is the second session in the 2010/2011 Disaster Management in Asia Seminar Series, cosponsored by PCL and the Harvard University Asia Center.

All members of the Harvard community are welcome to attend.

You can watch the seminar here.