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09 Jul 2008 description

DEC unveils new 'continuous improvement' tool at AGM

Transparency and learning from experience 'at the heart of the new method'

The Disasters Emergency Committee - the national fundraising mechanism for UK humanitarian aid agencies - this week unveils a new system for ensuring that both it and its members are accountable to the people who donate to its appeals and those who are intended to benefit from money it raises.

The new framework, prepared with the help of Ernst & Young, is the key element of the DEC's commitment to public accountability and …

09 Jul 2008 description

Key Achievements against the 3 DEC priorities for 2007/08

Priority 1

Maximise income for appeals

The DEC launched 2 appeals this year Darfur & Chad Crisis

In May 2007, the DEC appealed to the UK public for their help with what the United Nations described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

28 May 2007 description


Health needs in Darfur and Chad are greater than ever after four years of conflict and could escalate further if the impending rains lead to cholera and malaria outbreaks, aid agencies warned today.

During last year's rainy season there was a 130% increase in the number of malaria cases at health facilities in South Darfurrun by one of the DEC agencies, Merlin.

24 May 2007 description

The UK's leading international aid charities have joined forces to launch an emergency appeal today (24th May 2007) to save lives in Darfur, Chad and the Central African Republic.

With 4.5 million people affected by the ongoing conflict, the looming rains are bringing the risk of deadly conditions like diarrhoea and malaria, especially for children, pregnant mothers and the elderly.

With malnutrition levels already rising in some areas, aid agencies are appealing for vital help to respond to the rapidly growing crisis.

24 Aug 2004 description


The British Red Cross are working in North, South and Western Darfur.

They are providing water/sanitation material for 500,000 people; shelter, clothes and essential household materials for up to 300,000 people; provision of food for up to 100,000 for up to 6 months; supporting 4 key regional hospitals and 12 primary health care centres and helping to restore family links at national and regional level.

18 Aug 2004 description

THE UK public have responded to the Disasters Emergency Committee's call for help so far by donating more than =A321 million to its Sudan Emergency Appeal.

But how will this be spent?

The agencies that make up the DEC are able to scale up their work in Sudan and Chad now because they know that some of their costs will be paid for by money donated to the DEC from the British Public.

Some of the work to date includes aid flights delivering relief items by Save the Children, CAFOD, Oxfam and the British Red Cross.

30 Jul 2004 description

The public have already given a massive =A310 million to the Sudan Emergency Appeal, launched last week by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) on behalf of 11 leading aid agencies.

19 Jul 2004 description

WHAT: BBC's Natasha Kaplinsky launches the DEC's Sudan Emergency Appeal (the group's 50th appeal)

30 May 2000 description

Executive Summary
The evaluation examined the use of Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) funds, raised from the British public, for DEC agency activities in Sudan. The DEC appeal, in May 1998, raised UK £ 6.4 million. The planning process underlying those activities was robust although reportage of outcome is more variable. The lack of an overall framework for both information and monitoring after the appeal, raises questions about the DEC acting solely as a mechanism for fund raising.

21 May 1998 description

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), an alliance of 12 leading British aid agencies today launched a joint national appeal for donations to help save lives and widespread starvation in southern Sudan.