Disasters Emergency Committee DEC

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) was formed in 1963. We are an umbrella organisation for 13 humanitarian aid agencies. At times of overseas emergency, the DEC brings together a unique alliance of the UK’s aid, corporate, public and broadcasting sectors to rally the nation’s compassion, and ensure that funds raised go to DEC agencies best placed to deliver effective and timely relief to people most in need … (full text who we are).

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Address: DEC Secretariat, 1st Floor, 43 Chalton Street, London NW1 1DU, UK;

How we work: The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) was formed in 1963. The DEC unites 13 of the UK’s humanitarian agencies in their efforts to raise income through media appeals to provide humanitarian emergency relief and alleviate the suffering of people affected by major disasters overseas.  

  • The DEC has 13 member charities. DEC members come together in times of disaster – such as floods, earthquakes and famine – and they work to save lives and alleviate the suffering of people affected.
  • As well as these 13 agencies, the DEC has a support network made up of television and radio broadcasters, the banks, the Post Office, BT, regional and national press and a range of organisations in the corporate sector. These organisations help at the time of an appeal, publicising the situation and raising funds from donations.

The DEC approaches its work by:

  • using the media to create a single appeals mechanism for national fundraising and public response
  • galvanising DEC agencies into a national fundraising effort
  • ensuring that funds raised go to DEC agencies best placed to deliver aid to those in most need in an effective, timely and fully accountable way.

The DEC Secretariat is employed to manage these processes on behalf of its members.

This system means that the DEC agencies are all involved in a joint appeal, achieving maximum publicity and providing a convenient and cost-effective way for the general public to make a donation. The fact that the DEC is overseeing the situation means that the agencies can work together, avoiding duplication and facilitating emergency cooperation, coordination and communication.

We have been incredibly effective in both raising funds and providing humanitarian aid quickly and effectively. Thanks to the generosity of the general public £13 million was raised to help the people of Darfur, Chad and Central Africa Republic, £60 million for the Asia Quake Appeal and a record-breaking £390 million for the Tsunami Appeal … (full text).

Link: The Disasters Emergency Committee on wikipedia.

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