The DEC only funds work by its 14 member charities. They deliver aid directly or through trusted partners. Because of the unique partnerships we have with all the major broadcasters and the logistical support of major UK companies we are able to keep our costs very low. We generally spend less than 5% of appeal funds on costs such as fundraising, monitoring, evaluation and reporting back to donors. Member agencies can use up to 7% of funds they receive from us in the UK to support their response to the disaster. All of the remaining funds must be spent on the emergency response itself and helping survivors rebuild their lives.
With the DEC’s Pakistan Appeal following monsoon rains in the country in 2010, 60 per cent of funds raised were spent on supplies and materials, including tarpaulins for use as temporary shelters, blankets, cooking utensils and food, after 12 million people saw floods destroy or damage their homes.
We detail the proportion our members spend on different types of aid in the Expenditure by Sector of Activity sections of our annual reports.