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The December 26, 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami caused tremendous damage and suffering on several continents, with Indonesia's Aceh Province (located on the far northern tip of Sumatra Island) experiencing the very worst. In the tsunami's wake and with offers of billions of dollars of aid coming from all corners of the globe the Indonesian government faced the daunting task of implementing a massive recovery effort that could meet the expectations of donors and survivors alike. With this in mind, Indonesias president established in April 2005 a national-level, ad hoc agency--known by its acronym, BRR--to coordinate reconstruction activities across the province. This case examines some of the core challenges BRR's leaders encountered as they moved to set up the agency and then proceeded to coordinate and execute a recovery process involving hundreds of domestic and international partner organizations and thousands of independent reconstruction projects.