International Rescue charity joins DEC

International Rescue Committee (IRC) UK has become the latest member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

IRC UK works in 40 countries and is the 15th charity to join the partnership, which brings together UK aid charities to respond to large scale disasters.

Melanie Ward, IRC UK executive director said: “It is an honour for IRC UK to become a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee.

“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 other 14 DEC charity members 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.  

“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,” added DEC chair Sue Inglish.

“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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