Start Network


Leading for change in humanitarian aid

About us

Start Network is made up of 42 national and international aid agencies from five continents.
Our aim is to deliver effective aid, harnessing the power and knowledge of the network to make faster and better decisions to help people affected by crises. We are developing more effective ways to work together, and new approaches that will reduce the scale of human suffering.
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Our areas of work

About Us

Leading for change in humanitarian aid

We believe that the system of humanitarian aid that has operated for the past 70 years is no longer working as it should. Our aim is to challenge that system and to help it to change. We call what we’re aiming for a “new humanitarian economy” – a system that reduces the power of centralised institutions and bureaucrats and gives more control to communities and individuals on the front line of every crisis.
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Latest news

News Article

New report into surge capacity in slow onset crises

As the global news agenda focuses on the famine across South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, the need for humanitarian agencies to better respond to slow onset and protracted crises is highlighted in a new report.


Blog Post

Oxfam response in Serbia through the MERF

The tremendous challenges faced by refugees and migrants stranded at the border between Serbia and Hungary, and Oxfam's efforts to assist them.


Blog Post

The 'supers' who can predict the future:

Crisis Anticipation Adviser Luke Caley talks to the Guardian about the value of early response and the Start Network's efforts to shift humanitarian action from reactive to anticipatory.


Blog Post

Rising humanitarian needs call for a new way of working

The growing intensity and complexity of humanitarian disasters requires us to work in new, innovative ways. Stephen O'Brien, the United Nations' Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordination, outlines why.  


An international network

Today the Start Network extends to 42 members and their 7000 partner organisations, employing more than a quarter million people across 200 countries and territories.Read more

The Network

Start Network members