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Oxfam and the DEC

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About the Disasters Emergency Committee

The DEC brings leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis. Oxfam is a founder member of the group, which also includes Action Aid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision; all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly.

The DEC only appeals when it knows it can help. The criteria for launching an appeal are: 1) Does the scale and urgency of the disaster call for decisive action? 2) Are the member agencies in a position to provide effective and swift humanitarian assistance? 3) Will the public support the appeal?

Once a decision is made to appeal, things move very quickly. The DEC alerts the Rapid Response Network a unique alliance of the UK's corporate and broadcasting sectors, to reach the British people through all channels of the media

What the DEC has achieved so far: Over 60 appeals, raising more than £1.1 billion since 1963 - helping to save millions of lives and rebuild communities devastated by disasters. This includes:

  • £79million raised for the East Africa appeal.
  • £72 million for our Pakistan floods appeal.
  • £107 million for the people of Haiti after it and was struck by an earthquake in 2010.
  • and a record-breaking £392 million for the 2004 Tsunami Appeal.

DEC Website