Disasters Emergency Committee brings International Rescue Committee aboard 

07 Sep 2021 News

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) UK will become The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC’s) newest member. 

IRC UK will become the 15th member of the DEC, which brings together leading UK aid charities to raise funds and respond to humanitarian crises overseas.

Data on the Charity Commission website for the financial year ending 30 September 2020, puts its total income at around £113m.

The DEC aims to bring together leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently. 

During these appeals the charities work together, collectively raising money to respond to humanitarian crises and ensuring that emergency relief reaches the people that need it most. 

IRC currently works in more than 40 countries and has worked at the forefront of many humanitarian crises.  

In 2018 the DEC announced that Action Against Hunger would be its 14th member, and the first new organisation to join in seven years.

'This makes our shared humanitarian efforts stronger and our impact greater'

Melanie Ward, UK executive director of the IRC, said it was “an honour” to become a member of the DEC.

She said: “This comes at a critical time when the devastating combination of conflict, economic turmoil caused by Covid, and climate change is seeing an increase in humanitarian needs globally, and a record number of displaced people. 

“We are looking forward to working together on protecting and rebuilding lives through effective humanitarian response. Coming together with the incredible organisations that are members of DEC will make our shared humanitarian efforts stronger and our impact greater.” 

The charity will join DEC’s 14 existing member charities, which are: Action Against Hunger, ActionAid UK, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide UK, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Oxfam GB, Plan International UK, Save the Children UK, Tearfund and World Vision UK.       

Sue Inglish, chair, of the DEC, said: “IRC UK will enhance our collective expertise in responding to refugee and displacement crises, and their work supporting people affected by conflict will be a great asset to the DEC.

“IRC works in many of the toughest and most fragile places in the world and will help DEC appeals reach even more people in need, while also helping mobilise the generosity of the British public and raise funds in response to the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.” 

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