What we do
What we do
When large-scale disasters hit countries without the capacity to respond, the DEC brings together 14 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently.
In these times of crisis, people in life-and-death situations need our help and our mission is to save, protect and rebuild lives through effective humanitarian response.
Pooling our resources to work as one, we are pivotal in co-ordinating the UK public’s response to overseas disasters. In collaboration with our Rapid Response Network of national media and corporate partners, we raise the alarm to the UK public by launching high-profile appeals and setting up easy ways to donate.
And we have immediate impact, getting help to people who need it, fast.
Since our launch in 1963
appeals launched for major disasters overseas
raised, saving countless lives and rebuilding communities
A boat washed ashore by the tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia, in 2018. Image: Hariandi Hafid/British Red Cross
WHEN WE LAUNCH AN APPEAL
We use a set of criteria to decide when we launch an appeal in response to a disaster overseas and ensure we work effectively.
Arminda* uses a water pump restored with DEC funds after it was destroyed during Cyclone Idai in 2019. Image: Peter Caton/DEC
WHAT WE DO WITH YOUR MONEY
The DEC only funds work by our 14 member charities, which deliver aid directly or through trusted partners to those in need. We use a formula to allocate funds between the charities according to their capacity to help.
Volunteers get ready to fundraise for the Indonesia Tsunami Appeal at a rugby match in Wales.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
There are many ways to donate, fundraise and get involved.
DEC Chief Exec Saleh Saeed meets with DEC member charity staff in Yemen. Image: Ammar Bamatraf/DEC
WHO WE ARE
The DEC is made up of 14 member charities, a board of trustees, and a small secretariat which runs our appeals.