By Katie Nguyen
LONDON (AlertNet) - The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), an alliance of 14 leading British aid agencies, has been in discussions with its members and partners about an appeal for Syria where four million people need humanitarian assistance.
Here are some facts about the DEC:
* Its members are ActionAid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision
* It has three criteria for an appeal:
- The disaster must be on such a scale and of such urgency as to call for swift international humanitarian assistance
- The DEC member agencies, or some of them, must be in a position to provide effective and swift humanitarian assistance on a scale to justify a national appeal
- There must be reasonable grounds for concluding that a public appeal would be successful, either because of evidence of existing public sympathy for the humanitarian situation or because there is a compelling case indicating the likelihood of significant public support should an appeal be launched
* It has launched 62 appeals and raised more than 1.1 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) since it was set up in 1963
* Its most successful appeal to date was for the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, raising 392 million pounds ($593 million), followed by 107 million pounds ($162 million) after the 2010 Haiti earthquake and 71 million pounds ($107 million) for the East Africa hunger crisis in 2011.