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Income Generation News
Becky Slack
Published 19 August 2011

In July and August last year heavy rains caused great swathes of water to

wash across Pakistan.

In an area three times the size of the UK, more than 18 million individuals were affected as homes, schools and businesses were swept away.

After the launch of a Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal, the British public donated £71m. Once funds to be given directly to member charities had been taken into account, around £41m was left to be allocated, of which 99 per cent has been handed out over the past 12 months.

The DEC distributes funds based on the amount an organisation has spent on emergencies in the affected country over the previous three years - so a DEC member agency that had not been working in Pakistan would not receive any funding, while those with long-term projects in the country would receive a greater share.

The DEC encourages agencies to spend 30 per cent of funds on life-saving work during the first six months of a crisis, with the remainder being spent over a two-year period, focusing on aid that enables people to rebuild new and sustainable lives, via the rebuilding of homes, provision of safe water and sanitation facilities, and assistance with farming and business support.

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