An aerial view of a displacement camp in Syria showing rows and rows of tents



A camp for displaced people in northwest Syria in December 2020. Image: Abdul Sattar Al-Nasser/DEC

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The DEC has three criteria which must be met before we launch an appeal.

We often monitor crises that don't yet meet our criteria but may do in the future. Often our member charities are responding to these crises already and we encourage people who wish to help to donate to them. Find out more about which crises we are monitoring below.

East Africa hunger crisis

Four successive failed rainy seasons have left parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia facing a disastrous drought and severe humanitarian crisis. The World Food Programme estimates that there are 89 million people who are acutely food insecure, and 16 million children and pregnant or lactating women are now malnourished. People in the region are highly dependent on livestock, and an estimated 7 million animals have died, including 30% of all livestock in Somalia. More than 2 million people in Somalia are now one step away from famine. 

The situation is being worsened by the conflict in Ukraine, which is reducing the supply of grain and driving up food prices. In East Africa, the cost of a standard food basket has increased by 46% since this time last year and 21% since the start of the conflict in Ukraine. In East Africa people spend on average between 40-60% of their income on their basic food needs, so this increase in price is having a dramatic impact on people’s ability to feed themselves.

Aid agencies, including DEC charities, are responding by providing food and clean water, treatment for malnutrition, and cash to allow people to buy essentials. This crisis does not currently meet the criteria for the DEC to launch an appeal, although we continue to monitor it closely. If you would like to help, we encourage you to donate to one of the DEC charities’ appeals below:


Bangladesh floods

Severe flooding hit the northeast of Bangladesh in mid-June, affecting around 4 million people and leaving homes submerged and destroying or damaging vital infrastructure. Communities were already struggling following severe flooding in May. Altogether at least 80 people have been killed as a result of the floods.

While we are deeply concerned for all those affected, this crisis does not currently meet the criteria for the DEC to launch an appeal. If you would like to help, you can donate to DEC member Islamic Relief’s appeal here.