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

Our vision

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

First global humanitarian fund to finance interventions before disasters happen

Aid agencies will be enabled to tackle looming disasters before they have occurred, under a pioneering project being launched today by the Start Network.


Blog Post

Forecasting a crisis: how Start Fund is learning to get ahead

Start Network's Luke Caley looks at how the Start Fund has learned to anticipate - and what's coming next


News Article

Risk financing for education in emergencies

The Start Network has joined a consultancy assignment to explore how structured risk management, using instruments such as insurance, could provide an important set of tools for protecting education investments.


Blog Post

What can Groucho Marx tell us about being a member of the Start Network?

Sean Lowrie asks why do agencies from five different continents want to know and join Start Network? What advantages do they receive by doing so - both now and in the future - and what else do they gain?


An international network

Our members are 39 national and international aid agencies from five continents, ranging from high-profile organisations to smaller agencies. Read more

The Network

Start Network members