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Saleh Saeed pictured with children in South Sudan as they view a video of themselves.

World leaders, aid agencies and others are attending the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul to discuss efforts to tackle global crises.

Saleh Saeed, chief executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee, is attending and explains why finding more money, more quickly for crises like South Sudan is his main concern.

This week I am going to the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. To explain why, I need to tell you how two weeks ago I came to be in a canoe in the middle of the world’s biggest swamp.

Talking to gravedigger Alusine about his vital work burying bodies safely and with dignity

If Ebola does not come to a town near you any time soon, it will in part be because the people of the UK have ignored those who are sceptical about aid and who claim that it is a ‘waste of money’ or that it goes to help foreigners who are ‘none of our concern’.

Ebola can cause people who catch it to bleed from the eyes and in the worst circumstances it will kill up to 90% of those it infects. Assuming we are spared the terror of an outbreak in the UK it will be, first and foremost…

Jalil and his family who fled Syria after their home was destroyed in 2013

As the world stands in shock at the worsening death and destruction in Syria four years after the start of the crisis, many millions of people are being failed by lack of action. Disasters Emergency Committee members and their local partners work around the clock to save lives and reduce suffering for children, women and men and yet the situation deteriorates day by day.

This week, most of our member agencies launched social media campaigns, organised vigils, published reports offering policy recommendations, and met with politicians because this seemingly intractable crisis desperately needs political solutions — aid alone is not…

Nepali family supported by DEC member Action Aid

Much has been written about the immense challenges facing the humanitarian relief effort following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake six months ago and yet DEC agencies have reached more than 900,000 people in the first phase of the response.

A new independent review of the DEC’s work explores some of the tactics agencies are using to overcome the greatest obstacles. The Nepal Earthquake Appeal Response Review, which was commissioned jointly with Canada’s Humanitarian Coalition, also highlights how DEC member agencies can more effectively reach those most affected.

Here we look at the top three challenges that faced the relief effort in…


The DEC brings 13 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly.

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