The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is an umbrella organisation which launches and co-ordinates the UK's National Appeal in response to major disasters overseas
The DEC was originally set up by a group of aid agencies back in 1963. It brings together a unique alliance of Britain's aid, corporate, public and broadcasting sectors to rally the nation's compassion, and ensure that funds raised go to those charities best placed to deliver effective and timely relief to people most in need.
The DEC enables the British public to support British aid agencies as they respond to overseas emergencies. During an appeal this web site will offer you the choice to donate online, or to find out how to make donations by telephone or through your local bank or post office.
Between appeals, the DEC and its member agencies work to improve standards and best practice in humanitarian relief. After each appeal the DEC assesses the performance of members who received funds, and these Evaluations of Expenditure are made available on this site. (See Recent Appeals)
The DEC members are ACTIONAID, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Children's Aid Direct, Christian Aid, Christian Children's Fund of GB, Concern, Help the Aged, Merlin, OXFAM, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision UK.
Registered Charity No. 1062638