The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has agreed that Plan UK will become the organisation’s 14th member on 1 July 2011.
The DEC brings together the leading UK aid agencies to finance relief for people affected by major disasters in poorer countries. The international children’s charity Plan UK is the first agency to join since Islamic Relief six years ago.
The DEC has formal membership criteria that apply to both new and existing members. These include:
- Legal and governance requirements such as being registered for at least five years as a UK humanitarian charity, applying best practice in governance and submitting fully audited accounts.
- Financial requirements such as having voluntary income of over £4m per year and expenditure on overseas emergency work of over £10m per year.
- Programme quality requirements including using funds as stated, achieving intended objectives, committing to core humanitarian principles, accountability to beneficiaries and learning from experience.
Plan UK Chief Executive Officer Marie Staunton said:
“We’re delighted to join such a well established fundraising body that the public trust and turn to in times of major disaster overseas.
“Membership will enable us to reach even more vulnerable children, especially girls, with vital protection and education provision when disaster strikes.”
DEC Chair Clive Jones said:
“The DEC enables the UK’s leading aid agencies to fundraise together effectively for major emergencies in poorer countries. We benefit from each others judgement and learn from our collective experience. We are delighted to have Plan as our newest member agency.”
“Their expertise, global reach and commitment will contribute significantly to the scale and effectiveness of the DEC funded response to future disasters.”
DEC membership is capped at 15 places to ensure effective collective decision making and cost efficiency. The next review of membership will take place in November 2011.