The report concludes that the appeal was justified, the agencies response was appropriate and it was based on the best possible information. "DEC agencies contributed to prolonging lives and prevented suffering," it says. That is the true measure of the appeal's success.
This was the first preventative appeal the DEC has run in recent times. Instead of waiting for people to die, the agencies moved beforehand to prevent catastrophe: the UN estimated that 14 million people were at risk and some were already dying.
The agencies hope that their openness to independent evaluation will encourage the public to support future appeals in the confidence that their money will be well spent.