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Plan UK gains DEC membership

01/07/2011

DEC LogoPlan UK is joining the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to tackle major humanitarian crises overseas.

The DEC has run joint fundraising appeals for emergency response and early recovery programmes since 1963, and most recently in the aftermath of the Pakistan floods and the earthquake in Haiti.

“We are delighted to join the DEC and, as a child-centred agency we are looking forward to bringing a distinctive perspective to our work with the Committee,” says Brian Ingle, Head of Emergencies at Plan UK. “Our membership comes as a result of Plan’s long-term commitment to both disaster response and disaster risk reduction.”

The DEC unites the efforts of its member agencies during major disasters by directing the public to a joint fundraising appeal. It aims to save lives by maximising money raised and ensuring funds are spent in the most effective and transparent way possible. The DEC works with a network of media and corporate partners, to make a rapid “single appeal” possible.

“A recent report by Plan UK highlights that girls are more at risk of early and forced marriage after major disasters. DEC membership will enable us to run more protection and education programmes when catastrophes strike to help us look after girls, and other vulnerable groups,” says Marie Staunton, CEO of Plan.

A mother with her baby outside a Plan-run clinic in HaitiAll DEC members are UK-registered charities and meet international humanitarian operations standards. The Committee stresses its accountability to the public and encourages member agencies to share best practice to improve disaster response operations.

“The DEC brings together the leading UK aid agencies and Plan has clearly demonstrated that it belongs in that company,” says Clive Jones, DEC Chair.

“Their expertise, global reach and commitment will contribute significantly to the scale and effectiveness of the DEC funded response to future disasters,” adds Mr. Jones. “We are delighted to have Plan as our newest member agency.”

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