Appeal one of the most generously supported in DEC history after just seven weeks.

Brendan Paddy 
Communications Manager

The DEC has announced today that the East Africa Crisis Appeal has raised £57m in the seven weeks since it was launched on 8 July.

The continuing generosity of the UK public is however in sharp contrast to the response of some foreign governments.  The UN emergency appeal for Kenya is only 65% funded and the appeal for Somalia just 59% funded.  The DEC and many of our member agencies are seriously concerned that this lack of international funding will contribute to preventable deaths and a lack of action to protect people from future crises.

The DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal will remain open until the end of the year but it is already one of the most generously supported in our history.  We usually try to avoid making direct comparisons between disasters - each one is different and for those affected their suffering is always incomparable.  We also prefer not to compare giving levels between appeals because we take the view that all giving is generous and should be welcomed unreservedly.

To help others who do wish to make comparisons, we are publishing below for the first time a list of the DEC appeals that have raised the largest sums.

Appeal Launch Date Total
Tsunami Earthquake Dec-2004  £390m
Haiti Earthquake Jan-2010  £107m
Pakistan Floods Aug-2010  £71m
Asia Quake Oct-2005  £60m
East Africa Crisis Aug-2011  £57m*
Kosovo Crisis Apr-1999  £53m
Rwanda Emergency May-1994  £37m
Sudan Emergency Jul-2004  £35m
Mozambique Floods Mar-2000  £32m
Niger Crisis Aug-2005 £28m

* Seven weeks into an appeal that will remain open for six months.