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29 Jun 2017 description

In East Africa, DEC aid agencies are working around the clock to respond to the deepening crisis caused by ongoing conflict and drought. While lives are being saved, the number of those in need of humanitarian assistance is increasing due the severity of the crisis – from 22 million people across South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia three months ago when the DEC appeal launched to 23 million today. 

09 Feb 2015 description

Brendan Gormley, former DEC CEO, writes as part of a new report by DEC member Age International on older people in development.

27 Nov 2014 description

DEC publishes review of member agency assurance mechanisms

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has published today an independent report which shows how its member agencies provide assurance that they are following agreed ways of working when they respond to emergencies.

18 Sep 2014 description

Saleh Saeed, DEC CEO, writes a special letter to all our supporters announcing the new DEC Annual Report.

Dear DEC supporter,

Last year was an extraordinary one for the Disasters Emergency Committee and we want to thank you for being part of it.

30 Mar 2014 description

This year the DEC has launched an extremely important appeal for Syria, and continued its work in three major responses: East Africa, Pakistan and Haiti, each of which was amongst our very largest appeals.

In East Africa, where a lethal combination of drought, conflict and environmental failure caused the first famine of the 21st century, DEC funded work has reached over 2.3m people. The huge humanitarian effort in the region has been broadly successful but the crisis has highlighted serious issues with the world’s ability to respond to very clear early warnings of disaster.

28 Feb 2013 description

This report assesses the protection work of member agencies and how they dealt with accountability issues during the earthquake response. It was produced by lead authors Eric James and Julie R. Dargis who are independent consultants and was based on research carried out in and around Port au Prince in Haiti in January 2013. The study reached five main conclusions:

NGO staff were aware of the issues and sought practical approaches to providing protection and ensuring accountability.

31 Dec 2012 description


Surrounded by shattered buildings and a massive concrete wall pock-marked by shell holes and small bullet craters, I met Malaika Issack. What could drive anyone to seek shelter in a city like Mogadishu, scarred by twenty years of war?

29 Jul 2011 description

DEC launches new website and publishes annual report

The DEC has today launched a new website that will help donors see how their money is being spent and encourage more giving.

The site has been built by SiftGroups and incorporates more rich media content such as video, slideshows and interactive maps. It also includes greater social media integration and the opportunity for visitors to discuss and comment on the DEC’s work.

01 Feb 2010 description

This review focused on two key concepts: disaster risk reduction (DRR) and building/
strengthening community resilience. The central question this review asked was: how
had DEC members addressed these concepts and what had they achieved?

The review methodology was based on an adaptation of the international instrument known
as Hyogo Framework for Action, and used some of the 'Characteristics' of a disaster-resilient
community, developed by John Twigg for the DFID DRR Interagency Group1. It focused on
three countries - India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.