Plan UK becomes 14th member of the Disasters Emergency Committee

International children's charity is the first organisation in six years to join the umbrella body for UK aid agencies

A Plan volunteer overseeing food distribution in post-quake Haiti
A Plan volunteer overseeing food distribution in post-quake Haiti

The international children's charity Plan UK has become the 14th member of the Disasters Emergency Committee today.

The DEC is an umbrella body for UK aid agencies and has run joint emergency fundraising appeals for international humanitarian disasters, such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, since 1963.

Plan UK is the first organisation in six years to join the body – the last was Islamic Relief in 2005. Other members include ActionAid, Oxfam and Age UK.

The DEC's membership criteria say that each member must have been registered as a UK humanitarian charity for at least five years, must have voluntary income of more than £4m a year and must spend more than £10m a year on overseas emergency work.

Marie Staunton, chief executive of Plan UK, said: "Membership will enable us to reach even more vulnerable children, especially girls, with vital protection and education provision when disaster strikes."

Clive Jones, chair of the DEC, said Plan's expertise and global commitment would help to make the body's response to future disasters more effective.

Membership of the DEC was capped at 15 places in 2008. A full review of members takes place every three years, with a part review taking place annually.

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