The DEC Emergency Fund is used to collect money outside of our high-profile appeals and help us respond quickly and effectively when a crisis hits.

The DEC works with our member charities to identify the most effective use of the Emergency Fund, allowing us to respond quickly to natural disasters, or enabling us to reach people affected by crises which aren’t making headlines.

The fund is only used to help people overcome by crises and in desperate need of humanitarian assistance –  such as food, clean water, medicine and shelter – in parts of the world where governments and other organisations cannot meet the needs of the affected population.

We will provide a full account of how money from the Emergency Fund has been spent in our next annual report.