Financial overview

Since the tsunami struck over 4.8 million people have benefited from support provided by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

During the emergency phase, the RCRC movement spent four hundred and one million and eight hundred thousand  (401.8) Swiss francs on emergency relief in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Maldives, Malaysia, Bangladesh and  East Africa.

IFRC assistance was wide-ranging  with the main focus being the reconstruction of homes and physical infrastructure. As a first step transitional shelters were built. In Indonesia - the IFRC’s biggest transitional shelter programme in the region. Interim housing was provided for more than 80,000 beneficiaries across 13 districts by constructing 19,923 shelters. The IFRC went on to  construct 53,019 permanent houses. The three biggest construction programs took place in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Maldives. Construction and re-building efforts included homes, clinics and health care facilities, schools, and community buildings.  In Sri Lanka for example, the reconstruction of health infrastructure comprises of 66 projects undertaken in cooperation with the ministry of health, of which 19 were undertaken by IFRC.  The total costs of the IFRC’s reconstruction projects amount to one billion ninety- three million six hundred thousand (1093.6) Swiss francs.

Supporting newly resettled housing beneficiaries became the primary focus of most of the livelihood projects. These beneficiaries were provided with cash grants and training to improve their income generation opportunities. In Sri Lanka for example, the livelihoods programme has supported over 7,930 households. Throughout all tsunami affected countries the IFRC livelihood programme spent one hundred and seventy-two million and three hundred thousand (172.3) Swiss francs to support families. Four hundred and seventy three million and six hundred thousand (473.6) Swiss francs were spent on health care and providing communities with clean water and improved sanitation.

Residual funds have been fully allocated across programmes in 14 countries . These funds are expected to be fully spent by  31 December 2015. The main programme areas that are supported include Health and Care, Disaster Management and Organisational Development .