This chapter is based on research conducted by SEI as part of the APN-funded project “An analysis of longer-term recovery following major disasters in the Asia Pacific Region: Lessons for resilient development“). In this project the authors studied aspects of the tsunami recovery in coastal communities of Aceh following the formal conclusion of the disaster recovery phase from the perspective of the Panglima Laot. The study offers important lessons for actors engaged in localized post-disaster operations that aim to build resilience on leadership, community engagement, and people-centred recovery approaches. It shows that the Panglima Laot was instrumental in the recovery of Aceh’s coastal fishing communities because people had trust in the institution, its role as a mediator between communities and government and NGO actors, and its leadership in implementing, monitoring and evaluating livelihood recovery programmes that addressed community needs.

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