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DEC Annual Report & Accounts 2013-2014

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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.

We marked our 50th anniversary with our supporters, partners and members - remembering some of the 65 appeals we have run together, which in total have raised £1.2 billion and helped tens of millions of people around the world. That list includes two new appeals for the Syria Crisis (pp9-12 of the Annual Report), which launched in March 2013, and the Philippines Typhoon which launched in October.

We launched the Syria Crisis Appeal following a dramatic escalation in the displacement of people caused by a brutal civil war. Increased support from our partners and improvements to how we fundraise, have helped us reach the current appeal total of £25m.

Humanitarian disasters caused by wars almost always raise less than those caused by natural disasters and this total is a credit to the generosity of the UK public. In the Philippines, a devastating super-Typhoon ripped apart the lives of 14 million people – cutting a path 100 miles wide across a nation made up of thousands of islands. Our Philippines Typhoon Appeal raised an extraordinary £95m.

Each appeal presented serious challenges for our members and we are collectively committed to learning from these and being open about them. In Syria our members and their partners faced serious risks in seeking to deliver aid. In keeping with our commitment to openness the report explores some these challenges of working in Syria.

We also make a point of sharing not only details of the kinds of aid that DEC funds have helped deliver but also explaining how money has been spent on essential systems and processes to allow our members to effectively deliver aid to 1.7m people last year.

As this report went to print we had raised £15m for our Gaza Crisis Appeal which launched after 2013-14 year end and on which we will report in full in next year’s annual report.

Saleh Saeed
Chief Executive
Disasters Emergency Committee