The DEC has formal criteria for membership which apply to both prospective and existing members. The criteria below are set and judged by the membership and nominations committee of the DEC board which is always led by an independent trustee.
Trustees have established that the DEC will have a maximum membership of 15 so that it remains manageable and cost effective.
The purpose of these criteria is to enable the trustees to make clear and transparent decisions on the membership of the DEC through a robust process to ensure that DEC consists of the leading agencies. All parts of the criteria will be judged equally. Membership for existing and potential members will be reviewed every three years at which time the 15 organisations which meet the criteria and make the strongest case for furthering the DEC would be selected. Organisations applying for membership must show what diversity they can add to the DEC in addition to current members in order to extend the reach of the DEC appeal and in providing global humanitarian aid.
Agencies wishing to join the DEC must provide evidence that they meet the criteria. Applications from potential members showing that the organisation meets the criteria will be subject to an initial ‘due diligence check’ by the secretariat who will then support the applicant through the DEC Accountability assessment process. Once completed, the application will then be reviewed by the Membership and Nominations committee and the trustees’ decision will be final. If there are vacancies outside of the 3 year review, potential members can be presented to the Membership and Nominations Committee in November of each year.
Evidence from members will include programme reporting and accountability framework assessments coordinated and reviewed annually. Existing Members not meeting the criteria will be given up to the end of the second financial year to meet the criteria with support from the other members and secretariat.
Download the members criteria information.