In Profile: Crisis and Resilience

Alliance magazine

Below are a number of platforms and forums, public as well as philanthropic, which have made disaster relief, prevention and study their business

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) brings together 15 leading UK aid charities, who specialise in different areas of disaster response, to raise funds quickly and efficiently at times of crisis overseas. Members, who include Oxfam, Care, Save the Children and the International Rescue Committee, fund the DEC’s running costs and the organisation then refunds them from money it raises in appeals. Its board comprises the CEOs of the 15 member charities, with six other independent trustees. It also has a Rapid Response Network of media and corporate partners who help publicise crises. Recent campaigns include the Pakistan Floods Appeal, the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and the Afghanistan Crisis Appeal. Since 1996, the DEC has run 74 appeals and raised over $l.5 billion.

Since 2010, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) has been helping individuals, foundations and corporations increase the effectiveness of their philanthropic response to disasters and humanitarian crises. Emphasising medium- and long-term recovery and equity-focused disaster giving, it offers donors direct financial and technical support. It provides advice from professionals with deep disaster planning, response and preparedness expertise, and experience as philanthropists, and offers educational resources so donors can make informed decisions about where and when to give. Among its resources is a Disaster Philanthropy Playbook, a ‘collection of innovative philanthropic strategies, practices, case studies and toolkits that help communities prepare for and equitably recover from disasters’. Its funds range from the particular (Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Recovery Fund, Colorado Wildfires Recovery Fund) to the more widespread (Global Hunger Crisis Fund, Covid-19 Response Fund).

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